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
  • Health Smart: Aging Skin in Hands and Neck

    Beauty experts warn cold weather can age your skin so a local dermatologist shows us her signature method for turning back the hands of time. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 11pm on 3/15/19. Visit Dr. Anna Guanche for more information.

  • Health Smart: Morpheus

    With red carpet season underway, many are giving their beauty routines a reboot. In this Health Smart, we takes a closer look at the Morpheus procedure. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 11pm on 2/8/19. Find out more from: Peter Grossman Ruth Swissa

  • Celebrity Red Carpet Secrets with Lifestyle Expert Anya Sarre

    Lifestyle Expert Anya Sarre visited the KTLA News at 1p with Lu Parker to reveal her favorite secrets that the stars use to look fabulous on the red carpet.  

  • From Skid Row to Millionaire Juice Maker

    Khalil Rafati visited the KTLA News at 1p with anchors Lu Parker and Mark Mester to talk about his journey from drug addict to CEO of Sun Life Organics.  

  • Last Minute Holiday Travel Ideas with The Travel Mom

    The Travel Mom visited the KTLA 5 News set at 3p with anchors Lu Parker and Glen Walker to talk holiday travel trends.  

  • Holiday Gifts That Give Back

    The following products were featured in this segment that aired on the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Dec. 6, 2018: Bridgewater Candle Company Nail & Bone Polishes Modern Beast GirlGang Love Bundle Sintillia Statement Feather Drop Sunglass Chain Pom Beanie – Love Your Melon State Bags Bedford Backpack

  • Health Smart: AquaGold Treatment with Dr. Anna Guanche

    Before you take those family holiday portraits, gift gold with the AquaGold treatment. Dr. Anna Guanche explains why it’s the perfect present for those seeking smooth skin. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 11pm on 11/23/18.  

  • Asian Themed Thanksgiving Menu Ideas by Tiato

    Catherine An, the owner of Tiato in Santa Monica visited the KTLA News at 11a with Lu Parker and Glen Walker to share menu ideas with an Asian twist.

  • Health Smart: Breast Cancer Warriors Get Special Tattoos

    For breast cancer warriors, specialized medical tattooing is one of the final touches to getting their lives back. In this Health Smart, one brave local woman shares her fight and recovery. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on 11/1/18. Visit Ruth Swissa for a consultation.  

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