Ever since he can remember, T. J. Parker has always wanted to be a journalist. When he was in elementary school, he hosted his own news show on his hometown's public access station. In high school, he was a stringer for the CBS affiliate in Quincy, IL.
T. J. joined 14 News in August 2013. He comes to us from Western Kentucky University where he studied Sociology and Broadcasting. While at WKU, T. J. was a reporter and anchor for the award winning student newscast, NewsChannel12. During his time there, T. J. received several awards for his work. Some of those awards came from the Society of Professional Journalists, Kentucky AP, and Hearst.
T. J. was also a "Fusion Journalist" with WKU's emerging media program, "Western I-Media." There, he worked on a team project on the Chinese-based learning program, Confucius Institute. His work took him to Cape Town, South Africa where he reported on how the Confucius Institute affected South African education.
T. J. split his time growing up between Glen Ellyn, IL, a west suburb of Chicago and Macomb, IL in western Illinois.
T. J. says he's in this business because he loves telling stories of everyday people and sharing their extraordinary lives with hopes of enlightening others with their achievements and also their predicaments. He says, it's an opportunity to showcase their talents, encourage people to chase their dreams, and to let people know they're not alone in facing the hardships of the world.
When T. J. isn't working, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and visiting his family in Illinois.
T. J. is very excited to be in the Tri- State! If you have a story idea for T. J., email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow him on Twitter at @TJParker14News.
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