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
  • 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.  

  • George Foreman Fighting Spirit Part 2: Health Smart

    Last night KTLA’s Health Smart asked you “what are you fighting for?” Now continuing in our special two-part series KTLA gets back in the ring with the son of the great boxing legend George Foreman hoping to change the philosophy behind fighting. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on Thursday, July 16, 2015. For more information on the swinging social media campaign go to

  • Fighting Traffic Tickets: Legal Smart

    When you get a traffic ticket, should you pay it or head to court and fight? Attorney Alison Triessl has the legal smart advice that could help you make your case. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on July 16, 2015. Got a legal inquiry? Email your question to    

  • George Foreman ‘Fighting Spirit’ Part 1: Health Smart

    In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker starts a special two part series with the son of the great boxing legend, George Foreman, and why his namesake believes a winning fighting spirit is really a metaphor for life. To Learn more about George Foreman III and his fighting philosophy, click here. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on July 15, 2015.

  • Cancer in Pets: Health Smart

    Discovering a loved one has cancer can be frightening and confusing…but what happens when it is the family pet who is suffering?  Since they can’t tell you their symptoms, detecting and treating your beloved animals can be tricky.  But as one local vet tells our Lu Parker in this Health Smart, a disease diagnosis doesn’t always mean death. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on July 8, 2015. For more information on pet cancer treatments from Dr. Patrick Mahaney, […]

  • 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: