Parker has authored a book on pageantry titled Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition.
In San Antonio, KABB TV hired Parker to serve as a weekend anchor and reporter. In February 2003, she became the host for "Great Day SA", which is San Antonio's top-rated live entertainment morning show. Parker has been the anchor for the 1p and 3p newscasts at KTLA since 2015. Parker began a relationship with Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, in March 2009.
Jenny Peters, who writes the Spywitness celebrity column for the Daily News, said even a politician as charming as Villaraigosa has only limited potential as gossip fodder.Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lu Parker arrive at the 2011 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa walks into an interfaith service at First AME Church with Lu Parker before being sworn in for his second term as mayor of Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES — Every politician wants reporters on his side. The news that Villaraigosa has been dating Channel 5 reporter and anchorwoman Lu Parker, the 1994 Miss USA and a sometime actress and model, was greeted Tuesday with a mix of yawns and alarm.The yawns were from gossip connoisseurs who find the story all too familiar, coming two years after Villaraigosa wooed Channel 52 newswoman Mirthala Salinas amid the breakup of his 20-year marriage.