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Lu Parker goes from reporter to special correspondent at KTLA

December 6, 2010 |  1:36 pm

Luparker KTLA News reporter Lu Parker, who is best known for being the girlfriend of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, announced on Monday that she is going from covering breaking news to working as a "special feature correspondent" at the Los Angeles station.

Parker, who has been at KTLA-TV Channel 5 for six years, said in a statement that the job change is by mutual agreement, and that she will focus on stories of interest to her while also getting "more freedom to pursue additional projects."

Said Parker: "I am excited at this juncture of my career and am grateful to KTLA for supporting my wishes to evolve in new areas."

Those areas include stories "that inspire and represent residents in Los Angeles" while pursuing several upcoming TV projects and continuing her animal advocacy work through her organization, the Lu Parker Project.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Lu Parker. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times