Lu Parker
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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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Recent Articles
  • Prenuptial Agreements: Legal Smart

    In this Legal Smart, we’re reading between the lines of prenuptial agreements. Legal expert Alison Triessl breaks down the basics of this controversial contract.  

  • Anti Aging Hands: Health Smart

     The anti-aging industry is set to expand to nearly 192 billion dollars by 2019, according to a study done by transparency market research. While much of that money goes to areas like the face and hair, doctors say there is one part of the body that is the true age revealer… Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on Monday, August 24th 2015.

  • Wanderlust: Health Smart

      Hectic Hollywood is about to get a little more zen, a new space to calm to your mind is opening up in tinseltown. Lu Parker is striking a pose to learn more about the place to practice. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. For more information on Wanderlust go to

  • Special Education Needs: Legal Smart

    It may have seemed quick…but the bell has rung on summer break and most So-Cal kids are back to school.  In this Legal Smart- how parents can ace the red tape of education. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on August 13, 2015.

  • HomeHero Caregiver Service: Health Smart

    Finding a trusted caregiver for a loved one can be stressful and take a toll on family members.  A new service can help make quality in-home care more of a priority than a burden. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker introduces you to HomeHero…and one of their star clients. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on August 12, 2015.

  • Indo-Row Workout: Health Smart

    According to Men’s Health- it’s a workout one U-S Olympic rowing coach says provides the best total-body workout of any cardio machine, and burns about 11 calories per minute.  In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is getting on board to show you how to row your body to better health with indoor rowing. To learn more about Revolution Fitness indo-row classes, click here. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

  • Neighbor Disputes: Legal Smart

    Do you have rocky relations with your neighbors? Attorney Alison Triessl puts three popular neighbor disputes on the docket to help you find some middle ground. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on July 30, 2015.  

  • Interval Training; Health Smart

    New health trends pop up every single day…and it can be hard to separate fitness fact from fiction.  In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is getting the real pulse on the hot new style of sweat…high intensity interval training. For more information on Barry’s Bootcamp, click here. Our Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on July 28, 2015.

  • Healthy Burritos: Health Smart

    There’s a hot new food trend sprouting out of Santa Monica that’s combining the concept of burritos, sandwiches and sushi.  If making a  ‘Health Smart’ dining decision gives you reservations, the ‘Kye-Rito’ may be the menu item to change your mind.  Our Lu Parker has the story in this Health Smart. For more information on Kye’s, click here. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on July 20, 2015.