Carla Parker

Experienced sports reporter

Atlanta, Ga

Carla Parker

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, community remember Chapel Hill Middle band teacher

Brown, 57, died Oct. 31 due to internal complications after a medical procedure, according to her husband Zealouis H. Brown II. Brown taught music at Chapel Hill Middle for 25 years. The Mississippi native graduated cum laude with a degree in music education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

Living up to the hype

Cedar Grove wide receiver Jadon Haselwood surprised many people when he announced his college commitment during his sophomore year. Haselwood said he did not need another two years to decide where he would play college football. The No. 1-ranked receiver said he knew then that the University of Georgia was going to be his future home. “I felt like [Georgia] was the place for me,” he said. “My parents loved it and I liked it. We all talked about it and I just did it.” As with Haselwood’s early commit, it also did not take long for him to be considered one of the best football players in the nation from the 2019 class. A year after catching the winning touchdown pass in the DeKalb County middle school championship game for Cedar Grove, Haselwood was considered the best wide receiver in the 2019 class. He said he was surprised at how fast his success came on the football field. “Yeah, I was kind of surprised. It was a blessing,” he said. “That was my first year back playing football, in eighth grade, since I started middle school. I didn’t play park ball in sixth and seventh grade. I’d just came back that year and just balled.”

“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.

EXCLUSIVE: Lithonia police chief accused of creating ‘hostile work environment’

In the 15 months Roosevelt Smith has been chief of police of Lithonia, he has created a hostile work environment and engaged in corrupt and unethical practices, according to former and current Lithonia police officers. The Champion was the first to report that Smith and Lithonia Police Captain Lloyd Owens are being investigated by city officials for an alleged assault on a 17-year-old Isiah Harvey, who was in custody for burglary on Feb. 5.

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.

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 10 years of experience in the communication field, including college years. I experience in print journalism, broadcast journalism, blogging and social media. 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 any communications position.



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