Carla Parker

Experienced sports reporter

Atlanta, Ga

Carla Parker

I am a well-versed journalist with years of experience in developing, writing and editing articles related to sports, entertainment and community news. I also have experience in broadcast media.



Family, SWD community remember Salter

Family, friends, athletes, coaches and students from the Southwest DeKalb High School community gathered May 19 at New Life Church in Decatur to celebrate the life of coach Fletcher Salter. Salter, 68, died May 12 after a 20-month battle with sarcoma cancer. He was an educator and coached football and baseball for 32 years in DeKalb County.

“Anything you can do….”

A winless season would be forgettable for most baseball players. However, for five young ladies at Cross Keys High School, the 2017 baseball season won’t be one they will forget soon—although the team did not win a game or score a run. Sophomores Jessica Cotom, Soyalina ‘Lina’ Green and Nicole Herranz, and juniors Hannah Lutterloah and Vanesa Rubio were members of the Indians baseball team.

When the Saints marched to victory: Cedar Grove wins first football state title

When Jermaine Smith took over as head football coach at Cedar Grove High School in 2013, he knew he had enough talent to build a consistent winning program, but he also knew it would not be an easy task. In 2013, the team finished the season 7-5 on a second-round playoff loss. In 2016, the team finished 13-2 with a Class AAA state title—the program’s first football championship in school history.

How coaches help prepare student-athletes for college life

Two years ago, Stephenson defensive end Chauncey Rivers and Tucker defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter were two of the top defensive recruits in the state and nation. Both players were ranked on ESPN’s Top 300 prospect list and had committed to the University of Georgia with hopes of becoming major contributors for Georgia’s defense.

Freshman Brian Herron turns Lakeside track into title contenders

Before the Lakeside High School boys’ track-and- field team won the DeKalb County title on March 28, the program had not won a county title since 1974. In that same year, Lakeside won the Class AAA state title. History could repeat itself for Lakeside in the Class AAAAAA track meet with the help of freshman Brian Herron.

Coach Sharman White reflects on 10 years of success

After accepting the job to become the head coach of Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball team in 2004, Sharman White established a vision of competing for state titles. “Coming from a team that I had just taken to the state championship the year prior at Carver-Atlanta, I wanted to engrave that mentality into Miller Grove,” White said.

Napoleon Cobb: A legend ends his career on top

There are not many coaches who can say they finished their careers on top. However, Napoleon Cobb can. Cobb ended his 50th year of coaching with a state championship after the Southwest DeKalb High School boys’ track won the Class AAAAA state title May 15. It was the 11th state title for Cobb—nine at Southwest DeKalb and three with Gordon High School.

Marist lacrosse team has five sets of brothers, including coaching staff

However, rarely does a team have a set of brothers on the coaching staff and four sets of brothers on the player roster. That is the case for Marist boys’ lacrosse team. Kevin and Shaun Lux are assistant coaches on the team. On the team are brothers Michael and Charlie Addicks, Kyle and Kevin Coughlin, Jackson and William Mudd, and Chris and Matt Zowine.

Stephenson adds first female player in program history

The Stephenson Jaguars football team was in desperate need of a kicker after three-year starter Wisdom Nzidee graduated last May. Nzidee kicked for Stephenson from 2011-2013 and had a season record for points scored (61) in 2012. Through the first four weeks of the 2014 season, the Jaguars did not have an accurate kicker to replace Nzidee.

Clarkston cross country hopes to establish a winning culture

The school has four team championships— two in boys’ basketball (1940, 1964) and two in girls’ track (1989, 1990). The school also has individual state champions in wrestling, including recent champion Terrance Gaddy (2008, 2009). However, the school has not been one of DeKalb County’s premiere schools in sports.

Elisha Shaw: ‘I haven’t lost hope’: The Tucker lineman is determined to play again after career-ending neck injury

National Signing Day is a special occasion for high school football seniors, but it was more special for Tucker High School defensive tackle Elisha Shaw. As Shaw walked up on the stage in his school auditorium, everyone could see him holding a hat with the University of Georgia symbol on it. But as he was about to put on the hat, he pulled an Alabama hat from underneath the Georgia hat and placed the Alabama hat on his head.


Carla Parker

I have seven years of experience in the communication field, including college years. My experience has allowed me to receive hands-on experience in print journalism, broadcast journalism, blogging and social networking. I also have experience with Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere, Indesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Wordpress. 

In addition to my communication/media experience, my attention to details in my writing, ability to work independently as well as in a team, and strong organizational skills makes me an excellent candidate for this position.



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  • audio editing
  • interviewing