Parker Slaybaugh is a Video Journalist for 8News. He joins us from WSET in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Parker was born and raised in Colonial Heights, Virginia. In 2007, Parker left Colonial Heights to begin chasing his dream of becoming a journalist. His first stop in accomplishing that dream was enrolling at Liberty University, where in 2011; he graduated with a video broadcasting Degree. He graduated as a part of The National Communication Honor Society – Lambda Pi Eta.
During the summer of 2010, Parker had the chance to intern at NBC's “Today' Show” in New York City. Parker's television debut came during his time at Today when he was asked to model a “Zipper Tie” live on the air.
After Hurricane Katrina rocked the Gulf of Mexico, Parker traveled with his church to the region on two different occasions to assist in the rebuilding process. Parker has been a part of numerous service projects across the world, as well as right here in Virginia.
During his time at WSET he covered many national stories including the Officer Deriek Crouse shooting at Virginia Tech, the 2012 Presidential Campaign and the disappearance of Alexis Murphy in Nelson County.
Outside of work Parker is an avid outdoorsman. He has participated in several national outdoor related television shows, including a hunting reality show where he and his brother traveled to Illinois. During the national competition they placed first in several competitions that judged the creativity of their video; they placed 4th overall.