As a budding journalist she started as an intern at the news station and covered stories including a train derailment, car crashes, Roanoke's recycling programme, and a tomato festival.
She had also spent time working at WCTI News Channel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Parker, 24, was described a "rockstar" by her teammates, with a bright future ahead of her at WDBJ.
A 2012 graduate of James Madison University, Parker was quickly climbing the ladder at the station."She really has done a wonderful job reporting and filling in anchoring," WDBJ anchor Kimberly Mc Broom said on-air after the shooting.
A third shooting victim, Vicki Gardner, was in stable condition after surgery.
Both Parker and Ward were beloved employees of WDBJ, and both were involved in long-term relationships with other members of the WDBJ team.
According to her bio on WDBJ's website, Parker loved kayaking, community theater, and playing with her parents' dog."My grief is unbearable,” her father Andy Parker told the Washington Her father told the Post that while Parker was ambitious about journalism, she never tried to get into dangerous situations.
"Our hearts are broken and our sympathies go to the entire staff here, but also the parents and family of Adam Ward and Alison Parker, who were just out doing their job today." Parker and Ward were killed while conducting an interview for a package to promote tourism in the area when the suspect opened fire.
He has worked as a reporter at a number of stations throughout the South, including WNCT in Greenville, NC, WTWC in Tallahassee, and WTOC in Savannah.
UPDATE: Flanagan has Tweeted video of the shooting and comments about Ward and Parker.
Flanagan is a former disgruntled employee of the television station where Parker and Ward worked.
He worked as a reporter at WDBJ where he went by the on-air name of Bryce Williams.