An Emmy and Genesis Award winning journalist, Lu has worked in the television news business as an anchor, reporter, and entertainment show host for over a decade. Currently, you can find her reporting on KTLA in Los Angeles, California. Lu has co-hosted the Hollywood Christmas Parade twice with Entertainment Tonight's Mark Steines, and reported live from the Tournament of Roses Parade. Lu was honored with a Genesis Award from the Humane Society United States.
Lu began her television career at the CBS affiliate (WCSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. She then moved to San Antonio, Texas to work with the FOX affiliate (KABB) where she held the position of main anchor for several years. In 2003, the CBS affiliate hired Lu to create and host her own high energy entertainment program, which became known as Great Day SA. It became the #1 morning show in the city.
Lu's dream was to live and work in Los Angeles. She moved to the city in 2005 where she has covered floods, fires, and earthquakes. She has also interviewed celebrities such as Kanye West, Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, Oscar De La Hoya, Willie Nelson, Larry King and Donald Trump. One of her highlights as a journalist was reporting live from the Democratic Headquarters in Los Angeles as Barack Obama was elected.
Lu has interviewed:
George W. Bush * Eva Longoria * Matt Damon * Kanye West
Kathy Griffin * Donald Trump * Tom Arnold * James Caviezel
Jimmy Kimmel * Fergie * Arnold Schwarzenegger * Mario Lopez
Oscar De La Hoya * Carlos Mencia * Mary Lou Retton
Bob Barker * Willie Nelson * Jenny McCartney * Holly Hunter
Larry King * Deepak Chopra * Bill Cosby * Bob Hope
Joel Osteen * Weird Al Yankovic * David Copperfield * Scott Baio
TV reporter Lu Parker plays by her own set of rules
Lu Parker, perhaps the splashiest reporter in local TV, smiles as she marches through the South Los Angeles animal shelter. By her side on a leash is a mixed pit bull fresh out of the shelter's cages.
by Paul Allen
photography by Leslie McKellar
It is 6:45 p.m., downtown Los Angeles. While Lu Parker '90 and a cameraman cover a story for KTLA TV, they get a call from the station. Major wreck. Get there. During their 20-minute ride, she gathers as much information as possible. They arrive to see the back end of an 18-wheeler protruding from a restaurant, with a five-car pileup on the highway.
"Be the change you wish to see." Gandhi
LU PARKER WINS GENESIS AWARD
March 19, 2011 Los Angeles: The Humane Society United States recognized Parker's outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in three stellar segments: Puppy Mills Exclusive Investigation; Dog Fighting Investigation; and Hatchery Hell-Investigative Report. Parker beat out CNN, ABC 7, and KHOU.
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