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File #: 190034    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/24/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/24/2019
Title: Honoring Vernon Odom as he retires from his position as an Action News Reporter for 6ABC after 42 years.
Sponsors: Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19003400
Honoring Vernon Odom as he retires from his position as an Action News Reporter for 6ABC after 42 years.
WHEREAS, Mr. Odom has been covering the Philadelphia news for over four decades and his reign on Action News has spanned the terms of seven mayors; and
WHEREAS, Arriving in Philadelphia in 1976, Mr. Odom has become a Philadelphia institution through his to-the-point interview style and his empathetic, fair approach to reporting; and
WHEREAS, Educated at Morehouse College for his undergraduate degree and Columbia University for his post-graduate degree in broadcast journalism, Mr. Odom has spent the past fifty years as a reporter; and
WHEREAS, Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Akron, Ohio, journalism runs in Mr. Odom's family. Mr. Odom's great-grandfather launched the second African American run newspaper in the nation. His sister, Maida Odom, was a long-time reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and now teaches journalism at Temple University. Mr. Odom's wife Wanda Motley Odom with whom he has two children, is also a former Inquirer Reporter; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Odom got his start as a reporter in Georgia covering stories in the deep, still partially segregated South. The first news story that accelerated him to national attention was his interview with Coretta Scott King after Martin Luther King's assassination. It was an event that shook the nation and Mr. Odom had the first and only interview for days; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Odom has covered momentous events both in Philadelphia and around the world. In Philadelphia, he's covered many big stories such as the accident at Three Mile Island. the MOVE disaster, and Wilson Goode's election as the City's mayor and the first African American politician to hold that position. Mr. Odom has reported from hot spots like post-Cold War Russia and Somalia where he covered the humanitarian crisis. He covered the release of Nelson Mandela and South Africa's first free elections. Of his career as a re...

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