Résumé for Mary Parks
Mary Parks is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience. Her work has been nationally recognized as she is the recipient a Pegasus Award-the gold standard of video production, AVA Platinum winner in International Digital Media Competition, Emmy Awards, Golden Mike Award, and an LA Press Club Award. Parks also received the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection Meritorious Service Award for her news reporting and documentary work. California's American Legion also honored Parks with their Media Award for reporting on veterans issues.
Parks is currently a contributing correspondent and talk show host for GTV, Government Television in Riverside, CA, an award-winning internet and cable television station.
Parks also works as a Public Information Specialist for The Office of the District Attorney in Riverside County, CA.
Previously, Parks was a Bureau Chief for KNBC, Los Angeles where she reported on a variety of live and breaking news stories emanating from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Her work included the 2003 California wildfires and a 2010 Emmy Award for her winter weather coverage. Parks also produced a short documentary in 2005 on rare craniopagus conjoined twins born at Loma Linda Medical Center & Children's Hospital.
Before joining KNBC Parks was a Bureau Chief for KCBS, Los Angeles. Her work appeared on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS News Net and CBS affiliates across the country. While working at CBS, Parks covered the Los Angeles riots, Northridge earthquake, OJ Simpson chase, William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and the search, capture and trial of America's first female serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Wuornos later became the subject of a Hollywood movie "Monster" starring Charlize Theron.
Prior to CBS, Parks worked in local news in Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona Beach, FL where she served as Bureau Chief. Parks produced numerous news reports on space shuttle launches from Cape Canaveral.
Senior Public Information Specialist
Riverside County District Attorney's Office
January 2012 – Present (1 year 9 months) Greater Los Angeles Area
Parks developed a relevant media and marketing plan for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Worked to build partnerships with non-profit organizations for the Family Justice Centers, a domestic violence assistance and prevention program. Produced statewide television segments featuring the District Attorney and the office showcasing positive programs for broadcast on HLN and Charter Cable; Organized special projects and presentations across the county then communicated the information with elected officials and media; Developed talking points and fact sheets for speaking engagements and media interviews. Developed a Community Advisory Council to foster relationships with diverse community members and the office; Developed, wrote and disseminated a monthly interoffice E-newsletter reaching 770 employees detailing criminal cases, community affairs and events emanating from the office; Worked with a social media team to develop Facebook, Twitter and Website for the office which launched in July 2013.
Government Television: GTV
January 2012 – Present (1 year 9 months) Riverside
Part of a television team producing and hosting multiple award-winning local shows, including Riverside Today and Face 2 Face with Mary Parks seen locally and on the internet. GTV and its staff are the recipients of the 2011 Pegasus Award of Honor, the Gold Standard of Video Production; AVA Platinum Award, Second Place, an international competition that recognizes the concept, direction, design, and production of media and digital communication; Star Award, Third Place.
December 1995 – October 2011 (15 years 11 months)
Responsible for news gathering operations and live reporting in Riverside/San Bernardino Counties. Developed story ideas, researched programs and specialized coverage for internet and broadcast mediums. 2010 Los Angeles Area Emmy, live 5pm weather report
December 1991 – December 1995 (4 years 1 month)
Emmy award winning journalist, live reporter and field producer in Los Angeles. Parks worked with news producers to develop live coverage of major breaking stories in southern California such as the LA riots, OJ Simpson chase, deadly earthquakes, and wildfires. In 1994 was awarded Los Angeles Area Emmys, Golden Mike, and Los Angeles Press Club honors for work on the riots and earthquake.
B.S. Degree, Business Administration/Journalism
1984 Graduate of Western Michigan University
A.A. Degree, Business/Journalism
1982 Graduate of Southwestern Michigan College, 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award
SAG/AFTRA Member since 1992
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