General Manager, KZYX
Parker is Interim Executive Director and General Manager of KZYX. A native of Santa Rosa with lifelong family ties to Mendocino County, Parker served two decades as a news agency reporter in New York, Washington, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei before co-founding an independent publishing company and dedicating many years to fostering sustainable, community-focused healthcare services in China and India. Parker resided mainly in China from 1990 until early 2016, when he returned to his roots with a desire to find new channels of service.
Parker majored in Geography and Chinese/Asian Studies at UC Santa Barbara and Journalism at Columbia University, with gap years for intensive immersion in German in Bamberg, (West) Germany, and Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan. His career falls into three long phases – news reporting, news service innovation and community advocacy – each relevant to community broadcasting.