Parker King - WMC

Parker King - WMC

Multimedia Journalist

Memphis, TN

Parker King is a reporter for WMC Action News 5.

As a kid in Cleveland, Mississippi, just a couple of hours down Highway 61, Parker grew up watching WMC, which makes being a part of the staff here extra special for him.

Parker knew since high school he wanted to be a journalist. He attended Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. During his senior year, Parker was hired as a weekend reporter for WCBI News, a CBS-affiliated station in Columbus, Mississippi and was later hired as a full-time reporter after he graduated.

After Columbus, Parker took some time away from the local TV. For nearly two years, he served as the press secretary for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Federal government's HR office, in Washington D.C. While not the most high-profile federal agency, OPM was brought before the public eye during the 2019 partial government shutdown, the longest government shutdown to date. For several weeks, Parker handled inquiries from the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Huffington Post, to name a few, regarding federal employee benefits.

Ready for a return to TV, Parker made a stop in Roanoke, Virginia working for WFXR News. There, he was a general assignment reporter for the Blacksburg, Virginia bureau, covering everything in Virginia's New River Valley.

Parker is a die-hard fan of three teams: The Chicago Bears, the St. Louis Cardinals and his MSU Bulldogs. Neighbors be warned, game-watching involves screaming and cowbell ringing.

His wife, Mandy, a Memphis native, is slowly converting him to love the Grizzlies.

Aside from sports, Parker enjoys cooking, the outdoors and playing music.

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Recent Articles by Parker

  TDOT working to get answers on I-40 bridge reopening timeline

  Pipeline protestors make voices heard ahead of crucial city council vote

  Dog recovering after being set on fire in Mississippi

  Downtown Memphis business, citizens react to governor’s call to end public health orders

  Alcohol delivery now permitted in Mississippi

  Daisy Theater hit with $7K utility bill from MLGW

  MPD chief of police discusses use of force policy

  City leaders excited for potential of new MPD chief’s approach to violent crime

  Medical marijuana for Mississippi now rests with state Supreme Court

  DeSoto County sees largest sellers’ market in decades

  SCS requiring every family to register for upcoming school year

  Tennessee state representative leads cleanup effort in Memphis district