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
  • What’s Your Love Language? Health Smart

    They are the three words everyone wants to hear… but are you and your partner speaking the same love language? We’ve got a heart to heart that may bring you closer to your companion.  Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on May 21, 2015. To find out your love language go to

  • Armed Forces Makeover; Health Smart

    In honor of Armed Forces Day, KTLA teams up with a local organization offering female veterans “Makeovers That Matter” to honor a special soldier with a transformation that goes more than skin deep. Visit Makeovers That Matter to learn more.  

  • Kenneth Chancey has gone from living on skid row to graduating from Loyola Marymount University. (Credit: KTLA)

    From Skid Row to College Graduate, L.A. Student Shares His Inspirational Story

    A local student who was once homeless, even living on skid row, is getting ready to graduate from Loyola Marymount University on Saturday. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Friday, May 8, 2015.

  • Adult Acne; Health Smart

    It’s a problem most associated with teenagers, but acne can affect people at every age. In fact, 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women struggle with acne at some point in their later years. Lu Parker extracts the truth about adult acne and how to keep it under control. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on May 5, 2015. For more information on Dr. Gene Rubenstein’s services, visit the Dermatology & Laser Centre of Studio City. […]

  • Boxing Body; Health Smart

    Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio have been training for months for the ‘Fight of the Century,’ but boxing has been popular among the A-List circuit for stars chasing knockout physiques. Lu Parker gloves up to show you how to get a body like the hottest Hollywood heavyweights. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on April 30, 2015. For more info on Terry’s boxing classes, visit World Champion Cardio Boxing.  

  • Brooke Burke’s Booty Burn; Health Smart

    She’s an actress, model, a television personality plus a mother of four but now add fitness instructor and fitness apparel creator to her remarkable resume. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on April 29, 2015. If you want to sweat in style go to the Caleum Lifestyle website.  

  • Rise Nation Versaclimber Workout; Health Smart

    Master trainer Jason Walsh got actor Bradley Cooper in top combat shape for American Sniper, and now he wants to help you transform your body through a unique new exercise experience at Rise Nation. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA 5 News at 10pm on April 28, 2015. Check out Rise Nation for class schedules and more information.  

  • Rumer Willis Workout; Health Smart

    Her fancy footwork has impressed America, but Rumer Willis’ personal trainer says you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or on the ballroom floor to get in shape. Lu Parker goes one on one with the man behind willis’ routine for some exercises everyone can use on the KTLA News at 10pm on April 27, 2015. Click here for Three Moves to Get a Sexy Body Like Rumer Willis. For other helpful links to get in shape visit the […]

  • 5 Most Addictive Foods in the World; Health Smart

    From Doritos® to Oreos to M&M’S®, which one of America’s favorite junk foods is considered the most addictive? A brand new list has ranked five popular munchies solely based on their ability to hook snackers into a major food binge.  Lu Parker takes a closer look at the list plus some healthy alternatives. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA5 News at 10 p.m. on April 14, 2015.  For more slimming swap outs, head to Eat This, Not That!