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Alanna Nash, Author

Not all writers have to leave home to find success.

Alanna Nash got her start as a Courier-Journal reporter and critic and moved on to freelance write for publications like USA Weekend, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, all while maintaining a Louisville, Ky., address.

Alanna has produced numerous books, including "Golden Girl" about Jessica Savitch, which was made into the movie “Up Close and Personal” starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford. She has written several books on Elvis, including "Baby, Let's Play House" (2010).

In this segment, we talk to Alanna about her fascinating life and fascination with the "King of Rock".

Nash holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Winner of the 2004 Country Music Association Media Achievement Award, Alanna Nash authored The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. She was winner of the 2004 Belmont Award for the best book in music - "Dolly: The Biography; Behind Closed Doors: Talking with the Legends of Country Music" - and wrote "Elvis and the Memphis Mafia". She also co-edited the Belmont Award-winning "Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America" and is the recipient of the 2009 Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism. She has written about music for such publications as the New York Times, Vanity Fair, People, Playboy, Entertainment Weekly, Ladies' Home Journal, USA Weekend, TV Guide, and Reader's Digest, where she was a contributing editor from 2004 to 2008.

Nash, whom Esquire magazine named one of the "Heavy 100 of Country Music", was the first journalist to see Elvis Presley in his casket.

January 8, 2010, marked the 75th anniversary of the birth of "The King".

Learn about Elvis Presley's Louisville ties and more here.

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"Louisville Life" features author Alanna Nash, a Louisvillian who got her start at the Courier-Journal; the remarkable Flaget High School Alumni Association; a professional wrestler turned Louisville business owner; and the history of Louisville’s Jewish Community Center. Plus, meet Barbara Day, publisher of Kentuckiana Healthy Woman magazine. (#412)