Born in October 23, 1959 to a working class family in Macon, Georgia, Grace studied at the Valdosta State University and then at Mercer University where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She had initially aspired to take up teaching as a profession but the untimely death of her fiancé, Keith Griffin changed her mind and she chose law school instead. She received her Juris Doctor from the Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law present in New York City. She married David Lynch in 2007. Lynch is an investment banker based in Atlanta. Nancy gave birth to fraternal twins in November 2007.
Nancy Grace started her career as Special prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office at Georgia. She worked for over ten years dealing with serial rape, child molestation, arson, and serial murders. After her career as prosecutor, she was given the offer of legal commentator on Court TV by its founder Steven Brill. She started working on the show alongside Johnnie Cochran. After Cochran’s exit from the show, she handled it on her own. She then started working on the primetime legal analysis show on CNN Headline News in 2005 along with her Court TV show. She left Court TV in 2007.
In the year 2006, Nancy Grace interviewed Melinda Duckett concerning the disappearance of her two year old son. Melinda was unable to reply to the questions Grace had put forth regarding the events of the day when her son disappeared. Melinda shot herself the next day and her death was attributed to the media scrutiny she was under, especially her interview with Grace. Grace was also involved in another controversial case the same year namely the Duke Lacrosse scandal where she took a pro-prosecution position. But the charges were removed thereafter. Grace was also involved in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case where she claimed Ricci to be guilty who died during the custody. It was later proved that he was not guilty.
Nancy Grace is also an author. Her first book titled ‘The Eleventh Victim’ was published in 2009. It involved the story of a young psychology student whose fiancé is murdered just before their wedding. She prosecutes the violent crime and is left to face with the consequences. Grace has also helped to establish a hotline for helping women in distress at the battered women’s centre in Atlanta.