Kelli Parker grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., dreaming one day she would be able to surround herself with a variety of interesting people and somehow relate and touch people through her words and actions.
She discovered at a very early age television is where she could fulfill those roles. Many of her childhood friends and family were certainly glad to hear she chose this career path, after all for years she made them play meteorologists, sportscasters and even health reporters when she would tape mock newscasts on her family’s video camera.
While attending Lincoln Memorial University, on a tennis and academic scholarship, she got her first real taste of broadcasting at the University’s television station in Harrogate, Tenn., then known as W18AN.
It was there she earned her first broadcasting honor, being named the recipient of the Sigmon Award of Broadcasting Excellence.
After graduation she followed her dream and her new husband to Clarksville, Tennessee. She landed her first job at WKAG, a station in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and worked her way up from a one-man-band, to a full time reporter and prime-time anchor of the 6:00, 6:30 and 11:00 newscasts.
Returning to live in Knoxville, Kelli was offered a position as news anchor at CBS-affiliate WVLT-TV. She served the Knoxville area in this capacity for several years before taking a hiatus from television to raise her two sons.