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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    Travel Insurance: Legal Smart

    Have you booked some holiday ‘R’ and ‘R’ yet? Before you click ‘confirm’ on that flight, hotel or vacation package…our legal expert Alison Triessl is tipping the scales on travel insurance. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on November 12, 2015.  

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    First 5 California: Health Smart

    According to First 5 California- 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first 5 years of life, making it a crucial time to take care of your tike. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is getting the A, B, C’s of development with the Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 6pm on November 6, 2015.

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    Home for ‘Champ’

    Every year in the United States approximately 3.9 million lost, unwanted or abandoned dogs enter animal shelters. They say every dog has his day, and in this Problem Solvers, one Southern California community is coming together to give one lucky dog his…and we’re calling on you to help. If you would like to adopt Champ, click here. To help with expenses, visit Champ’s GoFundMe page. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on November 5, 2015.

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    Yelp: Legal Smart

    The internet has become the court of public opinion- and one place that posters go to weigh the scales of justice…Yelp. In this Legal Smart, legal expert Alison Triessl is taking the stand to give you the whole truth and nothing but on the controversial business review site. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on October 22, 2015.

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    DNA Dentist: Health Smart

    Sometimes getting people to go to the dentist is like… well, pulling teeth. But in tonight’s Health Smart, Lu Parker talks with one doc who says the secret to weight loss – plus overall well-being – may be hiding right in your mouth. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on October 19, 2015. Head to Dr. Gabi’s for more information.    

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    Soda Effects: Health Smart

    Even though we have all heard the warnings…thousands of people still sip on soda for a quick pick me up or a sweet treat throughout the day.  In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is tracking down the truth behind the tonic. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on October 15, 2015.

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    Health Smart: Be Bold, Be Bald!

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month- and from professional football players sporting pink to pins, there are plenty of ways to show your support. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is getting the cut of the Be Bold, Be Bald! organization that’s going bald to bring attention to all kinds of cancer. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on October 12, 2015.

  • 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, […]