Nancy Parker, television presenter in New Orleans, died on Friday in a fatal plane crash alongside pilot Franklin Augustus, according to the mayor of New Orleans. The small plane landed in a field near New Orleans Lakefront Airport, reports CBS subsidiary New Orleans WWL-TV.
The award-winning anchor worked on a story about a pilot whose work included helping vulnerable youths crash when his death occurred. Parker spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist on WVUE Fox 8 and, according to WWL-TV, gained a reputation as a journalist who reported on difficult news but with a big heart.
Parker was also active in the community as a speaker and active supporter of dozens of nonprofit organizations and community groups.
The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, made a statement expressing her admiration for Parker's work as a reporter. "She told us directly, but with a combination of professionalism, intelligence, warmth, and grace, we may never see it again." New Orleans has not just lost a five-time Emmy Award winner or a familiar soothing face on our television loving mother of three children, a beautiful man and an invaluable member of our community lost, "said Cantrell.
The Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, called the deadly crash in a statement on Twitter a "shocking loss." "Please join your prayers with mine and Donnas for Nancy's husband and three children, when they come to terms with this shocking loss," Edwards wrote.
WWL-TV reports on Parker and her husband, Glynn Boyd, met while reporting a political race in Tuskegee, Alabama. Boyd, who now works as an information officer, has been a television reporter for many years.
"I remember seeing her when I came in," Boyd said about the first meeting with Parker. "I noticed that she was very aggressive and asked all the smart questions."