Parker King is WFXR’s Blacksburg bureau reporter, reporting on anything and everything in the city and its surrounding counties.
Over the last four years, Parker has bounced between the public and private sector in the media field. Most recently, Parker worked as a press and policy officer for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the human resources agency for the federal government. Parker spoke on behalf of OPM to large media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Hill, and The New York Times for stories that involved federal healthcare, retirement, workplace guidance, and hiring authorities.
Before OPM, Parker was a general assignment reporter with WCBI News, a CBS affiliate station in Columbus, Mississippi, where he reported on breaking news and feature stories alike for Northeast Mississippi and West Alabama.
Outside of news, Parker is an avid sport fan, rooting for his Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, and Mississippi State Bulldogs. He enjoys the outdoors, oldies music, and cooking something Italian-related.
Parker is a Mississippi man, born and raised. He is a native of Madison, Mississippi, and is a graduate of Mississippi State University. It is rumored that Parker has several cowbells, the official Mississippi State noise-maker, throughout his apartment and rings them liberally when the Bulldogs are playing.
Parker is happily married to his wife Amanda, also a Mississippi native, and they both are happy to call the Roanoke/Blacksburg area their home.