Odom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from Morehouse College and later continued his education at Columbia University. He started with WPVI-TV, in Philadelphia on May 17, 1976. He has covered a plethora of major stories during his tenure, ranging from Presidential debates to the MOVE disaster of 1985. He also hosted "Visions", a weekly look at urban life in Philadelphia. In November 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. Odom retired effective December 14, 2018 after 42 years with WPVI Philadelphia.
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