• She is an Emmy Winner and nominated for 7 additional Emmys
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Highest Obtainable Honors from Clemson University
  • Was Valedictorian of her Coastal Academy High School Class
  • Played competitive tennis, basketball, volleyball and softball: MVP of her Basketball Team, MVP of her Volleyball team, All-State Tennis Player, Pitcher and First Baseman on Softball Team
  • Confessed Ping-Pong addict
  • Was Miss South Carolina 
  • Won the Swimsuit Competition in the Miss America Pageant
  • Plays the piano, Piano was her talent in Miss America competition
  • 5' 9 3/4" tall- Most of her height comes from very long legs with an inseam measuring 35"
  • Was the Youngest Member ever to be Inducted into the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1998
  • Feb 1, 2006 was named "Nancy O'Dell Day" in the entire state of South Carolina
  • Changed law regarding DUI's with an investigative report she did while working in Charleston, S.C.
  • Her Investigative Reporting won her the Associated Press' Best Report of the year for all media in South Carolina
  • Made History by being the first woman to ever host Miss USA while pregnant (2007)