Patrick O’Dell

Inducted: 2007

PATRICK O’DELL (1938- ) was staff cameraman at the CBS Southwest Bureau in Dallas and covered national stories about Oklahoma for more than 30 years. Born in Lawton, he was chosen “Outstanding Graduate” by Sigma Delta Chi at the University of Tulsa in 1961. He began his career at KOTV in Tulsa. As news director he covered Oklahoma delegations at the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1964. In the 60s at WSB-TV in Atlanta, he filmed Dr. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights leaders. With CBS since 1972, he covered every presidential campaign, 10 national conventions, NASA shuttle missions, assignments in China, Russia, Cuba, the siege at Waco and the Oklahoma City bombing. He won an Emmy for coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.