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Andy Parker


Gun safety activist & author of For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety.

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Praise for Andy Parker...

  • “Andy Parker suffered the unimaginable loss of his daughter to gun violence. His exemplary activism in gun safety is a testament and a tribute to his great love for her.”

    –Julianne Moore, Actress

Andy Parker: Speech Topics


① Finding Your Greater Purpose


"Get busy living or get busy dying.” –Red, from the Shawshank Redemption.

In Andy Parker’s case, it was “get busy fighting or get busy dying”. The day his daughter, Emmy Award-winning journalist Alison Parker, was killed on live television, he had an epiphany about what he would do with the rest of his shattered life. Instead of curling up into a fetal position or drinking himself to death, Andy chose to channel his grief and anger into honoring Alison through action. Employing a mixture of hope, humor, and dogged persistence, he defines the purpose of his new life and creates a roadmap to inspire others searching for their purpose in the face of tragedy or simply trying to find their way.


Andy Parker: Books


For Alison: A Father's Fight for Gun Safety

A father’s account of the story that captivated America, the murder of his daughter, reporter Alison Parker, on live television, and his inspiring fight for commonsense gun laws in the aftermath … ➡︎

Andy Parker: Bio



      
O​n A​ugust 26, 2015, the lives of Andy and Barbara Parker changed forever when their daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7, was murdered on live television near Roanoke, Virginia. While his emotions were still raw, Andy vowed on national television to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. The phrase turned into a national rallying cry to fight for life-saving firearms policies. Since then, he has traveled across the country to speak on behalf of ballot initiatives and pro "gun sense" political candidates. Andy has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, and international outlets and has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Washington Post, and New York Daily News.

Andy retired as an executive recruiter for the banking industry in 2015, and his past resume also includes politician and professional actor who performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in national touring companies.

In February 2016, Andy, Barbara and Alison’s boyfriend Chris Hurst created the For Alison Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating arts opportunities for children in southern Virginia. www.foralison.org.

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ANDY PARKER


Gun safety activist & author of For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and a Father's Fight for Gun Safety.

SPEECH TOPICS

① Finding Your Greater Purpose


"Get busy living or get busy dying.” –Red, from the Shawshank Redemption.

In Andy Parker’s case, it was “get busy fighting or get busy dying”. The day his daughter, Emmy Award-winning journalist Alison Parker, was killed on live television, he had an epiphany about what he would do with the rest of his shattered life. Instead of curling up into a fetal position or drinking himself to death, Andy chose to channel his grief and anger into honoring Alison through action. Employing a mixture of hope, humor, and dogged persistence, he defines the purpose of his new life and creates a roadmap to inspire others searching for their purpose in the face of tragedy or simply trying to find their way.
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O​n A​ugust 26, 2015, the lives of Andy and Barbara Parker changed forever when their daughter Alison, a journalist for WDBJ7, was murdered on live television near Roanoke, Virginia. While his emotions were still raw, Andy vowed on national television to do “whatever it takes” to end gun violence in America. The phrase turned into a national rallying cry to fight for life-saving firearms policies. Since then, he has traveled across the country to speak on behalf of ballot initiatives and pro "gun sense" political candidates. Andy has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, and international outlets and has been a contributor to the Huffington Post, Newsweek, Washington Post, and New York Daily News.

Andy retired as an executive recruiter for the banking industry in 2015, and his past resume also includes politician and professional actor who performed on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and in national touring companies.

In February 2016, Andy, Barbara and Alison’s boyfriend Chris Hurst created the For Alison Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating arts opportunities for children in southern Virginia. www.foralison.org.

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