- An award-winning journalist, O’Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards, an Emmy Award and has been nominated for seven additional Emmys.
- Ranked by Shape Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Stars Right Now.
Nancy O’Dell, named one of “Television Week’s” 10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication, Emmy Award-winning entertainment journalist.
Nancy O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur.
One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight.
Before E.T., Nancy served as the co-anchor of “Access Hollywood” for many years. She was recently tapped by Oprah and Mark Burnett Productions to host one of OWN network’s premiere primetime shows entitled “Your Own Show”.
O’Dell has contributed reports to CBS’s The Early Show, NBC News’ “Today” show and “Dateline.” With 20 years of live television experience, Nancy is a go-to host for live network specials.
She recently hosted FOX’s New Year’s Eve Special. She was also a special presenter/host on FOX’s American Country Awards and served as the voice of the show.
O’Dell hosted ABC’s Fall Preview special, Emmy Awards coverage for CBS, VH1’s Critic’s Choice Awards Live Red Carpet Special, and the Superbowl Fan Jam Concert Special.
NBC Sports also tapped Nancy to host their live NFL Kickoff Show.
She hosted NBC’s live coverage of the Kentucky Derby with Bob Costas, as well as the Bravo special “Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby.” O’Dell was also chosen by NBC to host two of their popular annual network broadcasts, “The Live Golden Globes Arrivals Special” and “The Tournament of Roses Parade” for nine years.
Nancy is a published author with her first book “FULL OF LIFE: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Told Me When I Was Pregnant,” debuting in the top three of all motherhood books and as a top- selling gift book. ‘FULL OF LIFE’ .
Some of O’Dell’s additional broadcasting work includes hosting the “Emmy Awards Red Carpet” pre-show for NBC, ABC, and Fox.
A member of the Academy of Country Music, O’Dell was the original host and consulting producer of the long-running country music talent search series, “Nashville Star.” Earlier this year, Nancy helped Faith Hill and Tim McGraw to co-host the “Nashville Rising” concert which benefitted the victims of the Nashville flooding.
And as an entrepreneur, Nancy has just announced a partnership with Creative Memories, a leader in its industry. Her own scrapbooking line, The Hummingbird Collection, was launched along with the publication of her second book, “Full of Love: Mom-to-mom advice for enriching families with simple photo albums and scrapbooking” which includes contributions from some of Nancy’s celebrity friends like Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Madonna, Celine Dion and the forward is written by Nancy’s close friend and country music legend, Garth Brooks.
As someone who has passion for design, Nancy has designed and launched her own line of outdoor furniture, Red Carpet Furniture by Nancy O’Dell.
Conair and it’s highly regarded line of professional hair care, RUSK and BaByliss Pro, asked Nancy to be their national spokesperson and she currently serves as the face of the brand.
O’Dell has been seen several times on the Emmy award-winning television series “30 Rock” in guest appearances, as well as on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” and a highly sought-after guest celebrity appearance on Sesame Street.
O’Dell seen in Scream 4, a sequel in the huge blockbuster movie franchise. O’Dell also had roles in Scream 2 and 3. She appeared in the Golden Globe-nominated film “Thank You for Smoking” and had a recurring role as herself on FX’s “Dirt”.
Other TV appearances include co-hosting ESPN’s “ESPY Awards Red Carpet Show” and NBC’s broadcast of “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” with Al Roker.
O’Dell hosted Miss USA, she made history by being the first woman to ever host the beauty competition while pregnant.
She also hosted Miss Universe, and the annual “Prism Awards” on the FX channel.
An award-winning journalist, O’Dell has been honored with three Associated Press Awards, two Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Awards, an Emmy Award and has been nominated for seven additional Emmys.
O’Dell was honored by the entire beauty industry for the inaugural Beautiful Humanitarian Award by the Professional Beauty Association, an award given to a public figure who exemplifies beauty both inside and out.
She was nominated two years in a row for the prestigious ICG Publicists Guild Press Award, recognizing excellence in entertainment reporting. She was also ranked by Shape Magazine as one of the 20 Hottest Stars Right Now.
O’Dell began her broadcast career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE- TV. She later worked as morning news anchor and crime reporter at WCBD-TV.
O’Dell was honored by the Associated Press with the prestigious Best Report of the Year Award, for all media. O’Dell went on to become evening co-anchor and investigative reporter in Miami for NBC’s WTVJ-TV, before joining Access Hollywood.
O’Dell has made guest appearances on a number of programs.
She has been a guest co-host on ABC’s “The View” and featured guest on the “Today” show and has performed skits with Jay Leno on
“The Tonight Show” and with Conan O’Brien on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.”
She has also been a guest on “Regis and Kelly,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Larry King Live,” “Martha Stewart,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “Fox & Friends,” “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”, CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo” and CBS’s
“The Late, Late Show.” Additionally, she has served as a special commentator on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Sean Hannity.”
Additional films and television series in which she has appeared include “Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat,” “Ally McBeal,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Charmed,” “Joey,” “Third Watch,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Melrose Place” and “General Hospital.”
O’Dell, a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS National Ambassador, has been working with MDA since her mother was diagnosed with and passed away from complications related to ALS. MDA, O’Dell, and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS. O’Dell is honored to co-host the MDA Jerry Lewis telethon this year for the third year in a row.
O’Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross’s National Celebrity Cabinet and remains in that position today and she also serves as a celebrity spokesperson for the March of Dimes (MOD).
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.
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 received a great honor when that state’s governor declared Feb. 1, “Nancy O’Dell Day” in the entire state.
She was inducted into Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame as the youngest member ever in recognition of her journalistic success. An academic leader early on, O’Dell was valedictorian of her high school class, and is a summa cum laude honors graduate of University graduating with the highest obtainable honors.
O’Dell was presented with a “Key to the City” in honor of her career achievements and the pride she holds for her hometown.
Books by Nancy O’Dell