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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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  • 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.  

  • 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.