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Nancy O'Dell - Host

Nancy O'Dell hosted Seasons 1 and 2 of Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar.

O'Dell has earned a reputation as one of Hollywood's leading entertainment journalists. Best known for being the co-anchor of Access Hollywood, she was part of the on-air team that first launched the show in 1996, serving as a weekend co-anchor and weekday correspondent until becoming co-anchor in January 1999. She also contributes reports to The Today Show and Dateline NBC. Beyond covering events such as the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globe Awards, O'Dell has hosted NBC's Golden Globes arrivals show for the past four years with Dick Clark. She hosted the Emmys pre-show in 1999 and 2000, and in 2002, she co-hosted NBC's Emmys post-show. In addition, she has co-hosted NBC's coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade alongside Today Show weatherman Al Roker since 2000, and co-hosted coverage of the Hollywood Christmas Parade in 1999, 2000, and 2002.

An award-winning journalist, O'Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards, and is a four-time Emmy Award nominee. In addition, she was nominated two years in a row (1999 and 2000) for the prestigious Publicist Guild of America's Press Award, which recognizes excellence in entertainment reporting. O'Dell began her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina She later worked as morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina, and also served as co-anchor and investigative reporter for NBC's Miami affiliate, WTVJ-TV.

Although O'Dell maintains a busy work schedule, she regularly makes time for philanthropic endeavors. In February 2002, she was inducted into the American Red Cross's National Celebrity Cabinet, and she also serves as the celebrity spokesperson for the 2004 National Ambassador Program for the March of Dimes. In addition, she acts as an international board member for Best Buddies, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. In June 2002, Best Buddies honored O'Dell with the organization's Spirit of Leadership Award. This honor has previously been bestowed upon Muhammad Ali, Maria Shriver and Olympian Carl Lewis. O'Dell also serves as a Celebrity Ambassador for Childhelp USA, an organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected children.

A native of South Carolina, O'Dell was inducted into that state's Hall of Fame in 1998 (as the youngest member ever inducted) in recognition of her journalistic success. She is a summa cum laude honors graduate of Clemson University.

Official website: www.nancyodell.com

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