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
  • California state Assemblyman David Hadley, R-South Bay, appeared on the KTLA 5 News on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

    Assemblyman David Hadley Discusses Recent Legislative Accomplishments

    In an interview, California state Assemblyman David Hadley, R-South Bay, discussed a number of recent legislative accomplishments. Lu Parker and Glen Walker report for the KTLA 5 News at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

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    Health Smart: ‘Dove’ Empowerment

    When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? According to a recent study by Dove, 8 out of 10 women have had a negative experience on social media that impacted their self-confidence.  Now the beauty company has teamed with Twitter to change the online conversation- from hate to healing with the #SpeakBeautiful campaign.  Our Lu Parker has the story in this Health Smart. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on October 1, […]

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    Health Smart: Sound Baths

    Los Angeles is a hub for yogis and meditators- and now a new trend in holistic health…sound baths. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is taking a dip into a new way to get your zen on. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on September 28, 2015.

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    All in One Beauty Stop: Health Smart

    They say ‘skin is always in,’ but between plastic surgeons, dermatologists, estheticians…plus all the potions and lotions, how do we know what is the best treatment?  In this Health Smart- our Lu Parker checks out one-stop skincare shop, Epithereal. Lu Parker reports on the KLTA5 News at 10pm on September 24, 2015.

  • Health Smart: Marley Coffee

    Bob Marley was a known musical legend and an advocate for social change- and now one of his sons is infusing his father’s principles into a new project. Caffeine connoisseurs listen up, in this Health Smart Rohan Marley promises his brand is delicious- and good for the mind and the environment. To learn more about Marley Coffee, click here. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on September 22, 2015.

  • Social Media & Employment: Legal Smart

    Can your social media footprint interrupt your professional career path? Legal expert Alison Triessl points us in the right direction. Lu Parker reports on September 10, 2015 on the KTLA5 News at 3pm.    

  • 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