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As an Emmy- and Genesis Award-winning journalist, Lu Parker works as an anchor on the KTLA 5 News at 1 and KTLA 5 News at 3. She also contributes daily reports for KTLA’s Health Smart segments, which air on the KTLA 5 News at 10.

Lu joined KTLA in January 2005 from KENS-TV (CBS affiliate) in San Antonio, where she hosted and helped create the entertainment program “Great Day S.A.” Prior to that, Lu served as the main news anchor at KABB-TV (Fox affiliate) in San Antonio. She began her television career as a news reporter at WCSC-TV (CBS affiliate) in Charleston, S.C.

Before her career in broadcasting, Lu was a ninth-grade English literature teacher. In 1994, while representing the state of South Carolina, Lu won the title of Miss USA 1994. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where she placed among the top six finalists. Lu is also the author of “Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition.”

Lu has co-hosted the Hollywood Christmas Parade twice and has reported from behind the scenes at the Tournament of Roses Parade. In addition to her KTLA reporting duties, Lu has played a reporter/anchor on television shows like TNT’s “Major Crimes,” Fox’s “Lie To Me,” USA’s “Monk” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” She’s also appeared on the big screen in the blockbuster film “The Green Hornet.”

Lu has an English degree from the College of Charleston where she was named Alumnus of the Year. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in education from the Citadel. Lu has also been presented with the Palmetto Award, the highest civilian honor given in the state of South Carolina. She has also been recognized in the South Carolina Congressional Record twice as an outstanding South Carolinian.

In her free time, Lu is an advocate for homeless animals. In 2010, she created Lu Parker Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless animals, and at-risk teenagers through education, the arts and community projects. Lu was honored with a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States. She was recognized for her outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in three stellar segments, including an investigation into puppy mills. She is an avid hiker, and has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She participates in dozens of charity events annually raising money for children, animals and the needy. Lu lives in Los Angeles with her cat and dog.

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