Texan by birth but Virginian by choice
Andy Parker's life changed when his daughter, journalist Alison Parker, was shot and killed on live television in 2015. He channeled his grief into action and became an outspoken advocate for common-sense gun legislation, traveling around the country demanding change and speaking for victims and survivors of gun violence.
Andy's campaign to force Google, YouTube and Facebook to remove the video of his daughter Alison's murder from their platforms has garnered support from around the world. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, requesting changes to Section 230 that protects social media from legal action. He has filed Federal Trade Commission complaints against both Google and Facebook and his Change.org petition asking Grey Television to grant him co-copyright of that video has garnered more than 150,000 signatures.
He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and CBS, including 60 Minutes and Face the Nation. He has also been interviewed by multiple international news outlets and has been a contributor to such national publications as the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Huffington Post, and USA Today.
Andy is the author of For Alison: The Murder of a Young Journalist and Her Father's Fight for Gun Safety and host of The Cultural Scavenger, a weekly podcast featuring backstories from music, theatre, politics and life in general that are guaranteed to keep you thinking and engaged.