A recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcasting excellence, investigative reporter Terri Parker has been with WPBF 25 News since 1995.
Terri has uncovered scams, chased down corrupt politicians and murderers, saved abused animals and covered hundreds of big stories from devastating hurricanes to national politics, including the last two presidential elections.
She's covered just about every big court case in the area, including the teacher-shooting trial of 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill, the underage solicitation case against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and the murder trial of Casey Anthony. Terri also has reported live during the trio of 2004-2005 hurricanes and just about every tropical storm since, in addition to devastating tornadoes and wildfires that have struck our area.
Terri earned the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2004 for her four-year investigation into the murder mystery of a Singer Island couple. Her investigation led her to confront the suspected killer. While she staked out his house, suspect Michael Koblan gave chase in his car, following Terri and her photographer into the next town. Terri stayed on the story, and a few months later she was the only one reporting live when the FBI finally nabbed Koblan for the murders. Her work on the case has been featured on ABC's “PrimeTime Live” and Court TV's “The Investigators."
Terri has earned numerous other awards during her career. She received the Florida Associated Press Individual Achievement Award in 1998 and 2004, and the Florida Bar Media Award for her investigation of a Medicare-bilking chiropractic ring. In 2003, she earned an Emmy for her story on a Port St. Lucie woman who couldn’t get medical help for her fatal tumors. In 2010, Terri won a Florida AP award for her investigation into an international miniature bulldog breeding operation which resulted in criminal charges and the closing of the million-dollar on-line business. She also received a Society of Professional Journalists award for her work on that story. In 2011, Terri received a Florida AP award for her year-long investigation into Palm Beach County's pain clinics, which helped lead to Palm Beach County's moratorium on opening new clinics.
Terri's investigation, "The R.N. Factor," uncovered a lack of school nurses in Palm Beach County schools. Six weeks after the report aired, the Palm Beach County Health Care District voted to pay for placing a nurse in every school. They credited Terri's report for the change, and the Florida School Boards Association honored her with its media award for excellent coverage of public education.
During her time at WPBF, Terri has often investigated the plight of children and animals. She conducted exclusive investigations into the abuse of horses used in Premarin production, the abuse of chickens in the egg-farming industry, and secret dog-fighting rings in Okeechobee. Terri broke the story of an illegal puppy mill located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, which was eventually shut down, with hundreds of dogs rescued.
After graduating with distinction from the University of Virginia, Terri reported at WPEC and WPTV in West Palm Beach, as well as WTVJ in Miami, before joining WPBF.
Terri is active in her community, serving on the board of Opportunity Inc., a low-income preschool center for disadvantaged children. When not involved in investigations, Terri enjoys spending time with her daughters Pascal and Paris, boating, painting, reading mysteries, and writing her own plots, which are always witty, dangerous and set in volatile South Florida.
Follow Terri on Twitter at @TerriParker1.
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