A native of Detroit, Hodak graduated from Denby High School and studied mass communications at Wayne State University, also located in Detroit. After traveling to Orlando, Florida as a news reporter for WDBO-TV, Hodak returned to Detroit in 1965 as a weathercaster for WJBK-TV on Channel 2. In 1977, Hodak joined WXYZ-TV as a Science Editor and weathercaster. He returned to WJBK for a three-and-a-half year stint from 1992 – 1996.
- Journal of the House of Representatives of the State of Michigan, Volume 3, p. 3621 (1978)
- (28 July 2010). WXYZ meterologist Jerry Hodak retiring from TV after more than 45 years on air, MLive.com
- Kiska, Tim (2009). A Newscast for the Masses: the History of Detroit Television News, p. 82, 132
- Michigan Resolution 584, Michigan Journal of the House of Representatives (1980)
- (5 April 1996). "Jerry Hodak Returning to Channel 7.". PR Newswire (press release archive).
- Jerry Hodak – Chief Meteorologist. WXYZ TV.
- Jerry Hodak (2010), Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, Retrieved February 16, 2012
- (28 July 2010). XYZ-TV Chief meteorologist Jerry Hodak announces his retirement, wxyz.com
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