Lu Parker
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As an Emmy- and Genesis Award-winning journalist, Lu Parker works as an anchor and special-assignment reporter for KTLA.

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
  • Dangers of Caffeine Powder: Health Smart

    Most of us drink it every day but caffeine in excess can be lethal. A powdered caffeine product is on the market that’s easily available, cheap, and completely legal but experts warn an overdose on caffeine could be fatal. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 17, 2014.  

  • Snack Food Obsession: Health Smart

    Songwriter to the stars Carole Bayer Sager cuts her snack food cravings by painting. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 16, 2014. For more information on the art exhibit go to the gallery website.

  • Scientific Scares: Health Smart

    A scare in the health world has been going aroud called Enterovirus D68 – but how worried should you be? Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on Sept. 15, 2014.  

  • Face Forward: Health Smart

    Domestic abuse has been all over the news recently and this October is Domestic Violence awareness month. For one local Los Angeles couple, every day is dedicated to healing the victims of domestic violence emotionally and physically. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 12, 2014. For more information on Face Forward, visit their website.

  • Recharge with Reflexology: Health Smart

    With a touch on your hand you can cure ailments from the knee to the liver with practice of reflexology and pressure points. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 11, 2014. For more information on Reflexology visit the American Academy of Reflexology website or practitioner Lisa Chan’s website.

  • Cycle for Heroes: Health Smart

    Join KTLA, the veterans, and the stars of Hollywood for a ride benefiting the Heroes Project. Help raise money for injured vets to re-claim their independence by climbing some of the tallest mountains in the world. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 10, 2014. Cycle for Heroes is September 12th, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. All are welcome. For more information on how to register visit the Cycle for Heroes website.

  • The Benefits of Ginger: Health Smart

    Ginger is not just the remedy for stomach aches, it’s natural properties make it a homeopathic cure for many ailments. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 9, 2014. For more information on the benefits of ginger go to the Wakaya Perfection website.  

  • Experts Explain Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

    The Ebola death toll has climbed to 932, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 7, 2014.

  • The Effects of the Full Moon on the Body: Health Smart

    The last super moon of the year peaked on September 8th, it is bigger and brighter but it can have effects on your body as well. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 8, 2014. For more information go to Jusstine Kenzer’s website.