BREAKING: LAPD Bicycle Officer Injured in Sherman Oaks Traffic Collision
Lu Parker
  • Follow me on:

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.

More information is available on Lu's Facebook page, and

Recent Articles
  • New Cancer ‘Grenade’ Drug; Health Smart

    Could a radical new drug change the course of treatment for cancer patients? Lu Parker takes a closer look at a medical breakthrough called “G-202″ that is combating diseases in a brand new way. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on June 9, 2015. To learn more about Genspera & Dr. Craig Dionne’s research, visit their website here.    

  • Photographer Puts Homelessness in Focus With Series of Headshots

    Los Angeles County is the homeless capital of the country, but one local man is trying to change that by challenging us to become more aware of the homeless and how we can help. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, June 8, 2015. Links:

  • Priceline of Plastic Surgery: Health Smart

    California tops the list of states with the most health care companies in the country and with over 97 thousand to choose from picking your professional can be a real pain.  In tonight’s health smart we are  taking the pulse of a new website that may remedy that health care head ache. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on Monday, June 1, 2015. For more information go

  • 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.