As an Emmy- and Genesis Award-winning journalist, Lu Parker, co-anchors the KTLA 5 News at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. She is also a keynote speaker, former Miss USA, entrepreneur, author and animal rights advocate.

Lu has won four Emmys for her work in the television industry. She has also been honored with two Genesis Awards from the Humane Society United States for her outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues, including investigations into puppy mills, elephant abuse, and beagle lab testing.

During her career, Lu has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, including Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Matt Damon, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lawrence and Kanye West.

In addition to her KTLA anchoring and reporting, Lu has appeared on television shows such as ABC’s “Scandal,” TNT’s “Major Crimes,” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

Prior to her career in broadcasting, Lu was a ninth-grade English literature teacher. While teaching, in 1994, she captured both the Miss South Carolina USA and Miss USA titles. In addition, as Miss USA, she placed fourth in the Miss Universe Pageant. After winning the Miss USA title, Lu moved to Los Angeles. For a year, she traveled the world making hundreds of appearances. You can read more about her pageant experiences and find valuable competition tips in her book titled “Catching the Crown: the Source for Pageant Competition,” which is available at

Lu is an avid traveler and has visited nearly 30 countries, where she has had the opportunity to meet with dignitaries such as Prince William and Kate Middleton and presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. While on a trip to South Africa, Lu also had the opportunity to discuss human and animal rights during visits with Nelson Mandela and animal advocate Jane Goodall.

Lu obtained 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 been presented with the Palmetto Award, the highest civilian honor given in the state of South Carolina and has 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 community projects and education.

In 2018, Lu founded the lifestyle media brand called Be Kind & Co. The company is committed to creating experiences, story-driven content, and digital products that bring people together for the bigger purpose of spreading kindness.

Lu is an avid hiker and writer. She has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and became vegan in 2014. Lu lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dog Monkey.

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Recent Articles
  • Remarkable Women: Rebecca Lantry

    Back in December, we asked you to nominate a woman in your community as part of our “Remarkable Women” contest. We received hundreds of entries. This morning, we introduce you to one of our top nominees: Rebecca Lantry, who’s helping domestic abuse victims despite her own personal struggles. This video aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

  • Health Smart: Healing Scars After Surgery

    Post-surgery scars can often be a constant reminder of a health incident many would like to forget. Now a local expert is showing us her special scar camouflage technique that’s helping patients heal from the inside out. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 11pm on 12/2/19. For more information or to make an appointment, visit Ruth Swissa.    

  • FDA’s Call for Breast Implant Warnings Viewed as Long-Overdue by Some Women

    The Food and Drug Administration recently recommended breast implants come with a boxed warning. The agency also issued a statement reporting implanting medical devices can make people sick. Now in a special Health Smart series, our Lu Parker finds why for tens of thousands of women, this is a very long-awaited and long-overdue admission. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 13, 2019. For more information, visit Dr. Kevin Brenner’s website.


    Huda and Mona Kattan of the beauty brand ‘Huda Beauty’ joined anchors Lu Parker and Lauren Lyster on the KTLA 5 News at 1p. Huda reveals one makeup trick all women can use to look better.

  • Social Compassion In Legislation Founder and President Judie Mancuso speaks at the KTLA studio on July 23, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Animal Advocate Judie Mancuso Discusses New Legislation

    Social Compassion In Legislation Founder and President Judie Mancuso joined anchors Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the set of the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11a to discuss animal advocacy.

  • Journalist and Author Brandon Lee Talks Addiction and Recovery

    Journalist and Author Brandon Lee joined anchors Lu Parker and Kacey Montoya on the KTLA 5 News set to discuss his best-selling book ‘Mascara Boy.’

  • Health Smart: Switch Up Your Skincare Routine for Spring

    Spring is in full swing and skin scare specialists like Dr. Anna Guanche insist it’s time to clean our more than just your closets. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on 5/24/19.   Find out more about Vilacto.

  • Sing Your Heart Out To Raise Money For Kittens

    Members of  The Rescue Team LA joined anchor Lu Parker on the KTLA 5 News at 3p to talk about the importance of fostering kittens.  You are also invited to join them for a night of Karaoke to raise funds.

  • Products for Dog Owners Living in an Urban Environment With Megan O’Brien

    Creator of the Dogipack Megan O’Brien joined anchor Lu Parker on the set of the KTLA 5 News at 1p to showcase products for dog owners living in an urban environment.  Hooves and Paws Animal Rescue also brought two dogs looking for a new home.  

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