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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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    Health Smart: Measure Your Metabolism

    Having summer dreams about getting Beach body ready? In tonight’s Health Smart our Lu Parker finds how a new test could help those fantasies become reality. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on May 19, 2016.

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    What’s in a Label?: Health Smart

    In this Health Smart, if you are trying to watch what you eat, it might be time to take a closer look…at the food labels. To help better navigate those grocery aisles, our Lu Parker is breaking down some basic nutrition knowledge with Registered Dietician LeeAnn Weintraub. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on May 18, 2016.  

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    Maria Shriver Talks With KTLA

    Maria Shriver sits down for an interview with KTLA. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

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    BPA Can Linings Controversy: Health Smart

    Recently, major canned food retailer Campbell’s declared they would be removing the chemical BPA from its packaging by mid 2017. BPA- or Bisphenol A- has been linked to increase cancer risk and infertility.  The big change was announced after a new study found toxic levels of BPA in the linings of many popular canned products. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker takes a closer look at the controversy under the lid. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at […]

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    Toxic Household Products: Health Smart

    You know what they say about cleanliness…but, what if the chemicals in your household products could harm your family? In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker takes a look inside the cabinets and finds products you may want to keep a lid on. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on May 16, 2016.

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    Legal Smart: Summer Camp Waivers

    Summer is just around the corner and that mean camp season is about to kick off but before you wave goodbye to your camper our legal expert, Alison Triesl, has your Legal Smart survival kit.  Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 3pm on May 12, 2016.

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    Surprise Delivery for Teacher: Problem Solvers

    In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we take time to say ‘thank you’ to those who make a difference for our students. In this very special KTLA ‘Problem Solvers,’ our Lu Parker visits one South LA classroom to surprise a deserving mentor with the help of Staples. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 news at 10PM on May 3, 2016. If there’s a teacher you want to thank, download a free card from Staples.

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    Problem Solvers: ‘Raise a Child’

    There are around 30 thousand children in the LA County foster care system…with many in need of a permanent home. May is ‘National Foster Care Month,’ a time to bring awareness to the need for foster care families. Founder and CEO of ‘Raise a Child,’ Rich Valenza joins us. In this special KTLA ‘Problem Solvers,’ our Lu Parker with a local father dedicating his life so others can help ‘raise a child’ in a safe and permanent home. Lu Parker […]

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    Unemployment Benefits: Legal Smart

    The country’s unemployment rate is below 5% for the first time since 2008, but at 5.5% California still clocks in slightly above the national average… For those who are out of work, unemployment benefits are imperative. In this Legal Smart, our Alison Triessl is giving you the handbook on how to access the insurance. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on April 14, 2016.