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Honors for a gracious Nancy Grace

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CNN

On air, CNN’s Nancy Grace is the fiery and sometimes controversial inquisitor, often grilling interview subjects and addressing the camera with a piercing gaze.

In person on Wednesday, she was reserved and gracious as she spoke to a crowd of more than 700 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The Macon native, now based in New York where she hosts a show about current crime news on HLN, was honored as the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s 2010 Woman of Achievement. Her remarks were brief and heartfelt.

“I grew up in the middle of soybean fields with pine trees as far as the eye could see, where the sound of church bells would literally bring you in for dinner,” she said. Her family lived outside town and when she first visited a YWCA, she said she thought the “M” in YMCA had been accidentally turned upside down.

She took ballet lessons at the Macon YWCA, although her family had enough money for just a leotard – not a tutu.

“Today, my daughter has three tutus,” she noted with a smile.

The author of “Objection!” and “The Eleventh Victim,” she briefly recounted her journey from teaching to law, having decided to enroll in law school instead of becoming an English professor after her fiance was murdered.

“I had no aim, no focus, until I went back to law school,” said Grace, who worked for a decade as a Fulton County prosecutor. “The first time I tried a case, I felt like a bird let out of a cage.”

Grace, whose voice choked with emotion at times, paid tribute to two women in attendance Wednesday: her mother Elizabeth, and Brenda Muhammad, whom Grace met when she worked on the case of Muhammad’s son’s murder. Muhammad  is now executive director of Atlanta Victim Assistance.

“God has a plan for all of us,” Grace said. “When we are weak, he will give us all a way to be strong.”

Her voice disappearing to a whisper, Grace concluded her comments with a quick, “Thank you.”

19 comments Add your comment

the voice

May 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

susan,
i bet you have never done anything against your views ever. We all know how perfect you are, thats why you are a cnn reporter and not nancy grace. keep it up. we are proud of you.

cooper

May 19th, 2010
7:56 pm

keep up the good work……Mrs. Grace……I LOVE YOUR SHOW MY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Bryan G.

May 19th, 2010
9:21 pm

Perhaps she is a good person now, but she has three times been chastised by appellate courts for being unethical and playing outside the rules of the law. Just saying…we’re all better off now that she’s not a prosecutor anymore and can’t trample on the rights of others.

Ed Graham

May 19th, 2010
9:42 pm

Nancy Grace was my Business Law instructor at Georgia State University 20 years ago. I LOVED her class and the textbook from it is one of the few I kept and she is my only instructor or professor I’ve kept in touch with.

As an Assistant District Attorney, she did EXACTLY what we would expect a man in that position to do, but she gets chastised for it. To h*** with her critics. She did an INCREDIBLE job in the DA’s office in a county that doesn’t understand what prosecution of criminals is supposed to entail. I’ve seen her in action and can honestly say I would NOT want to be a defendant being cross-examined by her.

Does she come across rough on TV? Maybe so. Would YOU want an overly polite, milquetoast interrogator?

It seems her biggest critics are defense attorneys who will do anything to get their slimeball defendants on the street.

Congratulations, Miss Grace! Keep giving ‘em h***!!!

sofia

May 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

could she be any nastier? and a true narcissist. stop with the plastic surgery

Monica

May 19th, 2010
9:58 pm

Susan is a good example of a complete idiot. So because someone used a profanity they can’t believe in God, or they’re hypocrites? I mean, do you even read what you write before submitting your comment? Try it. Having said that, I do not like Nancy Grace. I tried watching her show, and I just can’t take it. But I admire how far she’s gone in her career, like to see a strong woman do well for herself!

Susan

May 19th, 2010
10:56 pm

No, Monica…that’s not my point. (And I wasn’t even quoting her…read the note over and THINK this time.)
But if you’re going to claim that you feel you’re doing work that God wants you to do…which is a very serious claim, if you really believe it…do you think He suddenly doesn’t want you to do it just because you get an offer that pays a lot better and will bring you a little TV celebrity?
I don’t blame ANYONE for earning as much money as they can…or for pursuing a little fame, if that’s one of the things that motivates them. I didn’t like her show, particularly, because she seemed to have that “prosecutor” mindset, and believed that people wouldn’t be on trial if they weren’t guilty. But that’s just one person’s opinion about one TV show, which means nothing.
My point is that…if a person HONESTLY believes they’re doing God’s work, then a sincerely religious person will not just bail out on it because another job pays better. And if you’re NOT that sincere, then don’t brag about doing work that God intends you to do. Or else you’re stuck with having to pretend that “God wanted me to do this…UNTIL I got offered TV money. And then He changed His mind!”

Tenacity of a pit bull !

May 20th, 2010
8:36 am

Granted, Mrs. Grace comes off cold, callous and calculating – yet I like her. She has done more to seek justice for young victims in our society than anyone I know. Her persistent and consistent tenacity to find the truth in all of her subject matter is to be commended. Keep up the good work Mrs. Grace.

Kate

May 20th, 2010
10:57 am

Susan, perhaps she felt that Court TV would give her an opportunity to do God’s work on an even larger scale. My opinion is that it’s difficult for us to know what relationship each of us has with God. I think we can all strive to be less judgmental and quick to assume the worst of each other.

Angela Holliday

May 20th, 2010
12:29 pm

I was at the event and she was AMAZING!!!! I so enjoyed her speech…. very graceful… jaw dropper…. GOOD JOB NANCY!!!!

marcus

May 21st, 2010
11:04 am

nancy grace is a ugly, publicity seeking, blowhard! ever wonder why she has only one profile. because she’s ugly and if the light does not catch her the right way………..

but she’s funny though!

Scorpio

May 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

Marcus,

Do you think she really cares what you think oh her? I don’t think so.

Nancy is great at what she does and no one can take that away.

Kathy

May 23rd, 2010
5:21 am

I love watching Nancy Grace and have a lot of respect for her skills. I have noticed since she has been on HLN she has become very rude to her guests. I am sure they find it humorous but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Anyone of us can use sarcasm but when you have guests it seems mean spirited to be rude to them — she invited them. I would love to see her with her twins. I believe she is a very different person with them, She brings joy to her viewers when she shows her pictures. I like the Nancy that talks about her kids, smiles and is gracious. I do not like the mean spirited Nancy towards her guests. I no it is a gimic to help get viewers and ratings but the gentile Southern Woman can win her guests with sugar instead of sarcasm.

WillieMillieD

May 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

Was excited to see Nancy is doing a new Judge Judy type show
WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THE SHOOTING SCHEDULE?

willi

May 28th, 2010
9:58 am

I agree Nancy Grace is mean spirited and very dis-respectful. For a 50 year old to act in such a mean and disrespectful way is disturbing. Perhaps anger-management class would control her insulting nasty attitude toward folks and her Atlanta friend attorneys who constantly appear on her show. It appears she gets great satisifaction in putting people down, especially on national television. I think she needs to “grow up” and stand back and take a good look at her treatment of people and friends alike.

pb

May 28th, 2010
11:37 am

I admire what she has done with her life, but not that way she has done it. She was an unethical prosecutor in Atlanta, and her show is all dramatic rudeness. She doesn’t let guests speak unless they say what she wants. I don’t get anything out of watching her show except for feeling sorry for those who are foolish enough to go on it. She really irritates me.

MARY

June 2nd, 2010
11:05 pm

TO ALL THE DETRACTORS OF NANCY GRACE (ESPECIALLY THE IDIOT NAMED SUSAN) “AMAZING GRACE” IS A SAVIOUR FOR THE CITY OF ATLANTA.SHE PUT MORE CRIMINALS BEHIND BARS THAN ANYONE IN HER TENOR AT THE FULTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE. MY HUSBAND, WHO IS A LAWYER, SAYS SHE HAS THE SHARPEST LEGAL MIND AND CAN THINK ON HER FEET BETTER THAN ANY LAWYER HE HAS EVER SEEN. YES, SHE IS FEISTY AND SOMETIMES TO THE POINT OF WHAT MIGHT BE CONDSIDERED RUDE, BUT , PEOPLE THAT IS TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT.
IN REAL LIFE SHE IS SOFT SPOKEN, FUNNY, AND ADORES HER HUSBAND, CHILDREN, PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SAVE ALL YOUR NEGATIVE COMMMENTS FOR SOMETHING THAT REALLY MATTERS. I AM PROUD THAT NANCY GRACE IS A PRODUCT OF THE SOUTH.

will

June 7th, 2010
9:35 am

You think her show is “television entertainment”? The way she degrades, and insults people on national tv? She definately sets no example at prime time. If she adores her husband, children and friends, is soft spoken and funny- but can get on television and flat lies about facts and can insult and degrade people……..isn’t that phony and misleading? Why can’t she be
herself? Tv is not an acting theatre nor a court of law. Nancy Grace is not a judge or jury. She is a tv show hostess.

dottie

August 21st, 2010
8:02 am

terri horeman,,,,I suggest that maybe she is protecting her son from something he has done to Kyron he is the one who was going to have to leave, and kyron could stay,so kyron and the daughter made a new family and he was going to be put out,so if terri ask dee dee to help her protedt her son, she would. and if kyron is alive,then one of terri’s admirers is hidding them or him, (don;t hear much about the older son either)