The news that KTLA-TV anchor Lu Parker is dating Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa raises questions about conflict of interest and fair coverage, the Los Angeles Times reports.
This is the second time Villaraigosa has dated a local LA newswoman while in office.
KTLA news director Jason Ball tells the newspaper that Parker wouldn’t do any future stories on local politics. "The mayor doesn’t work in our newsroom. There will be no conflict," Ball says. KTLA and the Los Angeles Times are owned by Tribune.
Previously , the Times said, Villaraigossa dated “Mirthala Salinas of Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo. At the time, the mayor was a married man and Salinas was assigned to cover him as part of a political beat.”