Journalist Nancy O’Dell

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 4, 2004

What is TV personality Nancy O’Dell doing now?

—Ken D., Nevada

Best known for being co-anchor of Access Hollywood, O’Dell is just beginning her second season as host of Nashville Star, USA Network’s country music talent contest that airs on Saturday nights. “The main difference between Nashville Star and Access Hollywood is that Nashville Star is live!” she says. “That gets the adrenaline going, and Nashville Star is not scripted, so there are great unplanned moments and an opportunity to play and interact more.” Her favorite part about the show? “The country music, of course! I grew up in South Carolina, so I am a huge fan of country music. Also, I love the fact that all of the contestants are songwriters as well as singers. What credibility that gives them.” In addition to hosting Access Hollywood and Nashville Star, the Clemson University graduate contributes to NBC News’ Today show and Dateline and hosts numerous awards shows surrounding the Emmys and Golden Globes. The award-winning journalist began her career at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and worked at stations in Charleston, S.C., and Miami. “In my spare time, which there is not much right now, I love to play tennis and basketball,” she says. “I grew up on the beach, so I enjoy sitting on the California beaches while doing a good crosswood puzzle with my boyfriend.”