Nancy Parker is a three time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX 8 during her 17 year tenure in New Orleans. The wife and mother of three currently anchors the 4pm and 5pm evening broadcasts at FOX 8.
Nancy is a native of Opelika Alabama, and graduated with honors in 1988 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she earned a B.A. in Journalism.
She was a senior in high school when her real love affair with news began. She landed a job anchoring evening drive news at WJHO, a local AM radio station. She juggled school events while covering news in the evening with a tape recorder and a dream.
After earning her college degree, she spent several months working in Washington in a congressional press office. Then she landed her first TV news job in 1989 as Alabama Bureau reporter for WTVM Channel 9 in Columbus, Georgia. She did her own camera work for her news reports back then, but she was in heaven.
Next stop, WSFA News 12 in Montgomery Alabama. It wasn't long before Nancy was anchoring morning news cut-ins at the station and reporting.
When a 5 o'clock anchor position opened up in Baton Rouge in 1990, she decided to go for it. She got the job and for six years anchored the number one 5 o'clock broadcast in the city.
Nancy moved to New Orleans in 1996, as weekend anchor at WVUE. She was ask to anchor the 10pm broadcast with co anchor John Snell in 1999, The two anchored all the weekday evening broadcasts for more than a decade.
Nancy has covered amazing stories over the years. Pope John Paul II's St. Louis visit and the Canonization of St. Katherine Drexel in Rome were highlights. Nancy was one of only 4 gulf coast reporters invited to the White House for a one-on-one interview with President George W. Bush on the Katrina Recovery in 2006.
She was recently honored with a 2012 Emmy award for her special report "Staying in Line." It's the story of an ex-convict whose amazing skills with pen and ink landed his work in the Smithsonian.
Her documentary: Archbishop Hannan and the Kennedy's, the Untold story." in 2010 earned an Emmy award. Her first regional Emmy was in 2001 for "The Journey Home", the story of descendents of slaves buying the plantation that their ancestors built in St. John Parish.
Reporting and documentary work earned Nancy three Edward R Murrow awards.
In 2010 Nancy fulfilled another lifelong dream. Her first children's book, "The Adventures of Yat and Dat What's Cookin," was published by Ampersand Inc. of Chicago Illinois. Her second children's book, "The Adventures of Yat and Dat: Superdome!" was released in the summer of 2013, available on Amazon.com and local bookstores.
Her proudest accomplishments are her children; 8 year old twins Piper and Pierce and her oldest son Parker who recently turned 13. Nancy has been married for 19 years to longtime newsman and now JPSO public information officer Glen Boyd. Their dog's name is Pickle.
Nancy is very active in the community, and proud to be a member of the New Orleans Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. She is committed to the fight against Breast Cancer; her mother is an 18 year cancer survivor. Nancy's parents are both respected educators who are still active in her hometown.
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