The daughter of diplomats, Serena Parker was born in Tokyo, Japan and later lived in Montevideo, Uruguay and Madrid, Spain.
She attended Davidson College in North Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Following a brief stint at a non-profit organization in Washington, DC, Serena moved to Argentina to pursue a career as a free-lance journalist.
There she worked for a variety of media outlets including Dow Jones Newswires, Voice of America, Time Magazine, the Associated Press and National Public Radio.
Before starting full time at VOA in September 2002, Serena traveled around Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru and Bolivia.