Who is Lu Parker?
Lu Parker is a television journalist, animal rights activist, businesswoman, author, and motivational keynote speaker from the United States. She works as the co-anchor of the KTLA 5 News at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
She worked together with Maria Shriver and KTLA to produce a motivational web series called “The Path with Lu Parker” in 2016. She began her career in television broadcasting at WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked as an education reporter and fill-in anchor.
Lu worked as an English literature teacher for students in ninth grade before beginning her broadcasting career. She has conducted exclusive interviews with several famous people throughout her career, including Bradley Cooper, Aretha Franklin, Matt Damon, Barbra Streisand, and Kanye West.
In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter for KTLA, Lu has made appearances on scripted television programs such as “Scandal” on ABC, “Major Crimes” on TNT, and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC.
The Lu Parker initiative, which she started in 2010, has as its stated goal “to better the lives of at-risk youth and homeless animals through immediate assistance, education, and awareness.”
Lu Parker Was Born in South Carolina
Parker is 55 years old as of 2023. She was born on April 16, 1968, in Anderson, South Carolina, USA.
Lu Parker Worked as an English Teacher Before Joining KTLA 5
Parker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Charleston. She subsequently graduated from The Citadel with a Master of Arts in Education. After receiving her degree, Parker began working as an English teacher at Middleton and North Charleston High Schools.
Lu Parker is not Married
Parker started dating Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, in March 2009. She kept it a secret and KTLA officials supposedly didn’t know this up until May 2009.
Before making her relationship with Villaraigosa known to the public, Parker reported several stories about him in a number of publications. Parker and Villaraigosa parted ways in May 2012. She has since not talked openly about her marital status.
Lu Parker Won The 43rd Miss South Carolina USA in 1994
The 43rd Miss USA pageant was broadcast live on television on February 11, 1994, from the South Padre Island Convention Center in South Padre Island, Texas.
Kenya Moore of Michigan, the defending champion, presented Parker of South Carolina with the crown after the final round of the tournament. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant of 1994 in Manila, Philippines, finishing among the top 6.
Lu Parker is an Avid Adventure
Lu is a passionate traveler who has been to approximately twenty different countries. Throughout the trips she has taken, Lu has met several celebrities including Prince William, Kate Middleton, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
She also had the chance to talk about human and animal rights with Nelson Mandela and animal rights activist Jane Goodall on her trip to South Africa.
Lu Parker’s Salary and Net Worth
Parker earns an average salary of $68,713. She co-anchors the KTLA 5 News at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Her net worth is estimated to be in the region of $1 million – $4 million.
Is Lu Parker a Vegan?
She has been a vegetarian for over 30 years and became vegan in 2014.
Where is Lu Parker From?
Lu is a native of South Carolina. She has received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian award offered by the state of South Carolina, and has twice been honored as a noteworthy South Carolinian in the South Carolina Congressional Record.