As an Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu works as a special assignment reporter for KTLA.
Lu joined KTLA in January 2005 from KENS-TV ( CBS affiliate) in San Antonio, Texas where she hosted and helped create the entertainment program "Great Day S.A." Prior to that, Parker served as the main news anchor at KABB (FOX affiliate) in San Antonio. She began her television career as a news reporter at WCSC (CBS affiliate) in Charleston, South Carolina.
Before her career in broadcasting, Parker was a ninth grade English Literature teacher. In 1994, while representing the state of South Carolina, Parker 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. Parker is also the author of "Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition."
Parker 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, Parker has played a reporter/anchor on television shows like 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."
Parker 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. Parker 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, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Saint Francis Hospital in Los Angeles. 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 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.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times