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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.

More information is available on Lu’s Facebook page, http://www.LuParker.com and http://www.luparkerproject.org.


Recent Articles
  • Compression Therapy: Health Smart

    Pulled muscles, knocked around knees, and sore shoulders…getting back into a fitness routine can be painful…and going through aches and injuries on your path of wellness can set you back. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is taking a rest day with the latest recovery technology. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February 3, 2017. For more information on the recovery technology, click here.

  • The Path With Lu Parker: Russell Simmons

    As a journalist for over 20 years, it’s been Lu Parker’s desire to use her television experience through The Path to now bring attention to individuals who are using their voice to make change in our world. For extended interviews, visit http://www.mariashriver.com.

  • Celebrity Smile with Dr. Goodman

    Our Lu Parker and Glen Walker check out Dr. Goodman‘s red carpet teeth transformation as he joins us live with one of his patients– India Williams, Miss California 2017. This segment aired on the KTLA5 News at 1PM on February 23, 2017.  

  • Hearts on Fire Diamonds

    Celebrity stylist Anya Sarre joins us our 1PM newscast live with Hearts on Fire diamonds. This segment aired on the KTLA5 News at 1PM on February 27, 2017.  

  • Cupid for Seniors: Health Smart

    While couples are cozying up for Valentine’s Day, the occasion is not so rosy for everyone. Many seniors, and older adults who have lost a loved one, experience increased loneliness and depression on this date. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker follows along as one company plays cupid for a special Southern California woman who just turned 100 years old. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February 14, 2017. For more information on Visiting Angels, […]

  • Fitness Genetic Testing: Health Smart

    The human body is made up of approximately 20,000 genes, determining everything from height to hair color. A UK based company is using the science of genetic makeup to help people get into shape. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is taking a look under the microscope. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February 9, 2017. For more information on Fitness Genes, click here.

  • Clutter Healing: Health Smart

    Spring may be more than a month away, but experts suggest getting a head start on spring cleaning is good for your health. According to a recent UCLA study, clutter can affect your overall physical, emotional, and mental well-being. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is here with simple ways to clean up from the inside out. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February 8, 2017. For more information on Clutter Healing, click here.

  • Modern Day Matchmaker

    With Valentine’s Day just a week away…love is in the air, and did you know studies show married couples live longer than those unattached? But the rates of tying the knot today are dropping…and in this Health Smart, our Lu Parker finds a new match making service that claims it can help cure today’s love sick. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February 7, 2017.

  • Post-Super Bowl Workout: Health Smart

    Over 111 million Americans tuned into the big game this year…and while some are feeling sick over the loss, football fans everywhere are feeling a little too full from game day treats. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is tackling just how many extra calories are put up on the scoreboard, and more importantly…how to touch back down to your pre-game routine. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on February, 6, 2017. For more information on […]