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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
  • A Big Act of Kindness for a Local 12-Year-Old With Brain Cancer

    Sarah Donegan from Santa Clarita was surprised by her community who threw the twelve year old a birthday bash. Sarah has been struggling with brain cancer and was overwhelmed with joy.  She says she plans to help other kids who have cancer. KTLA reporter Christina Pasccucci joined anchors Glen Walker, Lu Parker and Kaj Goldberg on the KTLA News at 1p to share Sarah’s story.  Check out this FaceBook page to find out more.

  • Author & Motivational Speaker Cornell Thomas

    Author and Motivational Speaker Cornell Thomas visited the KTLA Morning News set at 11a with anchors Lu Parker and Glen Walker.  He shared information about his upcoming Positivity Summit to be held in Los Angeles October 20th and 21st.

  • Los Angeles Ranks 13th In Latest Study Of Favorite Fun Cities

    Los Angeles placed 13th on a list of most fun cities in America, according to a national study by WalletHub. KTLA news anchors Lu Parker, Glen Walker, Kaj Goldberg and Jessica Holmes share their favorite city to visit.  

  • Brandi Williams of Daily Mail TV Talks Hollywood Scoop

    Daily Mail TV’s Brandi Williams joins anchors Lu Parker, Glen Walker and Kaj Goldberg on the set at KTLA.

  • A man is seen on the ground at the Del Mar Fairgrounds after a deputy shot him after he allegedly opened fire on Sept. 3, 2018. (Credit: Aaron Dumas)

    Gunman in Stable Condition After Being Shot by Officer at Del Mar Fairgrounds: Sheriff’s Dept.

    A man shot by an officer after he opened fire at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was in stable condition on Monday, authorities said. Daniel Elizarraras, a 22-year-old from Escondido, became involved in an argument Sunday when he was told at the ticket window that the Ice Cube concert he wanted to attend was sold out, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. When deputies responded to the scene just before 7 p.m., Elizarraras allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired […]

  • Cuddle with Kittens at Crumbs & Whiskers Cafe

    The founder of Crumbs & Whiskers joined Lu Parker on the set of the KTLA News at 1p to talk about their new Cat Cafe.  The adoptable kittens were a hit with viewers and are available for adoption through Stray Cat Alliance.  

  • 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.