Lu Parker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Lu Parker
BornFrances Louise Parker
(1970-12-03) December 3, 1970 (age 41)
Anderson, South Carolina
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationCollege of Charleston
Occupation News Anchor
EmployerKTLA 2005 - Present
Partner(s)Antonio Villaraigosa
AwardsMiss USA 1994
Emmy Award
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Lu Parker
BornFrances Louise Parker
(1970-12-03) December 3, 1970 (age 41)
Anderson, South Carolina
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationCollege of Charleston
Occupation News Anchor
EmployerKTLA 2005 - Present
Partner(s)Antonio Villaraigosa
AwardsMiss USA 1994
Emmy Award

Frances Louise "Lu" Parker (born December 3, 1970) is a broadcast journalist and former Miss USA from South Carolina.

Contents

Early life

Born in Anderson, South Carolina, Parker attended the College of Charleston, where she was a sister of Alpha Delta Pi and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She then went on to receive a Masters of Art in Education from The Citadel. After graduating, Parker taught English Literature at North Charleston High School.

Her first television broadcasting job was for WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was an education reporter and fill-in anchor.[1]

Pageant participation

After winning Miss South Carolina USA, Parker was crowned Miss USA 1994, becoming the third South Carolinian to be awarded the honor. She continued on to compete in the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant in Manila, Philippines, where she placed among the top 6 finalists[2] and finished 4th overall.

Communications career

In San Antonio, KABB TV hired Parker to serve as a weekend anchor and reporter. Parker was promoted to main anchor in 2000. In February 2003, she became the host for "Great Day SA", which is San Antonio's top-rated live entertainment morning show. In January 2005, she moved to Los Angeles to join Frank Buckley as co-anchor for KTLA's "KTLA Prime News" on weekends. In 2007, Lu began to co-anchor the weekday "KTLA Morning News" at 5:00 A.M and 6:00 A.M. with Cher Calvin. In January, 2008 she became the main weather anchor for KTLA Prime News. She later returned to anchor the weekend evening news alongside Lynette Romero when Markina Brown was hired as the new weeknight meteorologist.

Parker has made appearances on "Larry King Live" and E! Entertainment Television. She also supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Personal

Parker began a relationship with Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, in March 2009.[3] Her employer, KTLA, was reportedly unaware of this fact until May 2009. Ms. Parker reported several stories on Villaraigosa's political future before being reassigned, as had Mirthala Salinas, a television reporter with whom the Mayor had a romantic relationship two years earlier. Villaraigosa and Parker split in July 2012.

Animal advocacy

In 2010 Parker founded the Lu Parker project,[4] whose stated mission is to "improve the lives of at-risk youth and homeless animals through direct service, education, and advocacy."

References

External links