Vernon Odom
Vernon Odom has been with WPVI-TV/6abc in Philadelphia for more than 35 years. He joined the Action News team after working as an anchor, reporter and talk show host for the ABC Affiliate in Atlanta for 6 years.

His reportorial experience dates back to the Martin Luther King assassination when he was a radio reporter in Atlanta. From there, he covered various phases of the civil rights movement in the Deep South, and the early political campaigns of such eventual national figures as Jimmy Carter, Andrew Young, Julian Bond and Maynard Jackson.

After graduating from Morehouse College in 1970, he did his post graduate study in broadcast journalism at Columbia University. Since joining Action News in the spring of 1976, the list of major news stories he has covered is endless: all the presidential campaigns since 1976, the 3-Mile Island disaster, the MOVE confrontations with Philadelphia police, the X-rated Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, the triple X-rated Clinton-Lewinsky White House scandal, the Los Angeles riots, and the O.J. Simpson trial.

On the international level, Odom has reported from Latin America, Europe and Africa, most notably the release of Nelson Mandela from prison and the unbanning of the ANC in 1990; later the first free election in South Africa in 1994, the U.S. invasion of Somalia in 1992, Glasnot in the Soviet Union in 1986; the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989, and the release of U.S. hostages from Beirut in 1991. Vernon was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

Odom's 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 is married to former Inquirer reporter Wanda Motley. They have two children and reside in Chester County.


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The Delaware County District Attorney's Office is investigating a police-involved shooting in Chester that left one man dead and another wounded.
A federal judge has sentenced Chaka Fattah Jr. to five years in prison.
Lots of regular customers are disappointed over the fire that shut down a landmark deli.
Friday was a big day for 30 new recruits with the Philadelphia Police Department. They spent nearly nine months training at the Police Academy, and have finally graduated.
Health code infractions were discovered at two Philadelphia institutions.