Dave Parker is the News Director at THV11 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He specializes in managing a well-oiled newsroom.
Parker started in television in 1984 as a reporter with TV-43, a cable station in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He had just graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Radio-Television Performance. Like most first jobs, he did a little bit of everything which helped him land his second position years later in Evansville, Indiana where he worked as a reporter, morning anchor and weather talent.
He didn’t feel like his reporting career really “took off” until he moved to Memphis in 1990. At WHBQ, he covered several big stories that remain with him today. He was one of the first reporters to cover the West Memphis 3 and he followed the Morgan Nick kidnapping case. It’s ironic to think his career would eventually bring him back to this area.
In the late 90s, he made the switch into news management, something he’s always wanted to do and after 15 years as a reporter, he was now helping “run the newsroom.” In 2000, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland to become the Assistant News Director at WMAR. While only there a brief time, the city is special to him because that’s where he met Sara, the woman he’d later marry.
From 2002 to 2012, Parker was the Assistant News Director at WCAU in Philadelphia, the fourth largest TV market. One of his larger accomplishments there was helping to win the National EMMY for Best Investigative Story of the year. He also covered several large-scale stories such as the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State investigation and a handful of hurricanes. In 2013, the Parker’s packed up their four children - Grace, Reed, Brooks and Lila and moved 1200 miles away to Little Rock, Arkansas.
A year later, THV11 won an EMMY for Overall News Excellence, and to this day it is still one of Parker’s proudest moments. Television and reporting has changed so much in the 35 years of his career, but it still goes back to treating people the right way, being accurate, dependable and realizing our jobs as journalists are so very important.
Parker is originally from Louisville, Kentucky so that makes him a diehard Louisville Cardinal fan, but he has grown to appreciate the Razorbacks and their fans. He also enjoys running and coaching his kids.