Vernon Odom Biography
Vernon Odom is a retired local Philadelphia television journalist. He worked with Action News channel and retired just last year after working for more than 40years in the industry.
He is known for carefully crafting each report, whether he’s standing on the scene of breaking news, in two feet of blinding snow, or even a Super Bowl Win.
Vernon Odom Age
Odom was born on 16th September 1948, in Philadelphia, a city in Pennsylvania, U.S. Moreover, he is an American by his nationality and belongs to African-American ethnicity. He is 70 years old as of 2018.
Vernon Odom Family
His family history in journalism dates back to the 19th century. His maternal grandfather was the second African-American to publish a daily newspaper. His sister, Maida, was a veteran reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she now teaches for Temple University and writes for the Boston Globe. He was raised by his father, Vernon L. Odom, Sr., an American civil rights leader and his mother, Sadie Harvey Odom, a housewife.
Vernon Odom Education
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Morehouse College. Later, he graduated from Columbia University. From an early age, he developed a passion for journalism and participated in various programs while at college.
Vernon Odom Wife
He is married to former Inquirer reporter Wanda Motley. They have two children and reside in Chester County.
Vernon Odom Career
Odom started his career as a journalist for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, on 17th May 1976. Furthermore, he has covered a plethora of major stories during his tenure ranging from Presidential debates to the MOVE disaster of 1985.
He also hosted a weekly look at urban life, Visions in Philadelphia. In November of 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He retired from WPVI Philadelphia after 42 years on 14th December 2018.
Vernon Odom Retirement
Odom retired effective December 14, 2018, after 42 years with WPVI. His fellow man Jim Gardner announced his retirement.
Vernon Odom Net Worth
Odom has an approximated net worth of $5 Million as of 2019. His wife, Motley has a net worth of $2 Million. Having a lucrative amount of net worth, he also makes an efficient amount of fortune from his other works which include interviews, endorsements, etc.
Vernon Odom Awards
Mr. Vernon Odom was awarded the History Maker award for his dedication to WPVI-TV/6abc in Philadelphia. He delivered a poignant story about what inspired him to work toward a career as a television broadcaster.
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Vernon Odom News
PHILADELPHIA – Vernon Odom will sign off Action News for the last time on Friday.
The veteran reporter, whose career has spanned some of the biggest local, national and international stories of the past several decades, is retiring after 42 years with the news organization.
Odom regularly covered court stories in Philadelphia and the suburbs. In 1995, he reported from the so-called “Trial of the Century” — the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.
But his most historic assignment unfolded before he arrived in Philadelphia.
Odom was a radio reporter in Atlanta at the time of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 assassination in Memphis.
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On the 50th anniversary of the assassination last April, Odom shared his memories during an Action News broadcast.
When he heard King had been shot, Odom said he loaded up his recording equipment and drove to the family’s Atlanta home. He spoke exclusively to Coretta Scott King.
went to the front yard and Mrs. King, who I had covered and done stories with, said, ‘Odom, my husband Dr. Martin Luther King has been shot in Memphis.’” he told Action News.
Odom followed King to the airport and saw the tears in her eyes when she heard the news of her husband’s death.
“It was dramatic being in that place in history right at that time,” he said in the report.
Odom continued to cover the civil-rights movement and other significant stories including the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and the first free election in South Africa, and the fall of the Soviet Union.
Locally, Odom reported on the Three-Mile Island disaster and the deadly MOVE confrontations.
A member of the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, Odom was named the Broadcast Pioneers’ “Person of the Year” for 2018