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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 at http://LuParker.com and http://luparkerproject.org.


Recent Articles
  • Health Smart: Instalift

    It’s the anti-aging procedure doctors say is perfect for busy parents searching for a quick pick-me-up. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on 8/17/18. For more, visit Instalift.

  • Saving Neglected and Abused Horses in Southern California

    Susan Peirce, the founder of Red Bucket Equine Rescue visited the KTLA set at 11a to discuss the important work they are doing to save horses who have been mistreated, abused, and starved.  Susan shared with anchors Lu Parker and Mark Mester how KTLA viewers can help them continue to give the horses a second chance at life.  

  • Los Angeles City Shelters at Full Capacity- Need Your Help

    Due to several hoarding cases, the six Los Angeles city shelters are all at full capacity.  Nearly 200 animals are in danger of being euthanized if the cages are not cleared soon.  General Manager Brenda Barnette says they desperately need people to foster and adopt in the coming days.  Reporter Kareen Wynter reports from the South LA shelter for the KTLA News at 1p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker.  

  • Marijuana and Your Pets

    Brenda Barnette of LA Animal Services brought little Kim to the set at KTLA.  Anchors Glen Walker and Lu Parker discussed the effects of marijuana on our pets and the dangers to look out for.  

  • Are You Addicted To Fame?

    Do you get extra excited when people like your social media posts?  Dr. Reef Karim of The Control Center in Beverly Hills stopped by the KTLA studios to chat with Lu Parker and Glen Walker about the signs and symptoms of fame addiction. For more information on all addictions visit The Control Center

  • Dog Adoption and Cool Dog Beds

    Ashley Rodriguez of LA Animal Services stopped by to talk with Lu Parker, Kaj Goldberg and Mark Mester about dog adoptions and little Jax who is looking for a new home.  Jax & Bones also announced they will donate a bed and dog toy each week to the family who adopts our dog of week.

  • Drag Queen Story Hour at the West Hollywood Library

    Pickle visited the KTLA Morning News at 11a to discuss Drag Queen Story Hour with Lu Parker and Mark Mester.  The program was created to help children see people who defy gender restrictions. Join Pickle this Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the West Hollywood Library.  

  • Inside Scoop About The Royal Wedding With Patt Morrison

    Los Angeles Times Columnist Patt Morrison joins Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the KTLA 5 News at 3p to discuss all the pomp and preparation for the royal wedding.  Patt  also shares her tips on what you should wear to your own royal wedding party.

  • Author Jessica Knoll Opens Up About Her Desire To Be Rich

    Best Selling Author Jessica Knoll visited the KTLA Morning News at 11a to discuss her latest book and an opinion piece she wrote for the New York Times titled “I Want To Be Rich and I’m Not Sorry.”  Jessica also shared her advice with KTLA’s Lu Parker for women who are looking to find their voice.