The Odessa American is a weekly newspaper based in Odessa, Texas, which serves both Odessa and all of Ector County. It is a sister publication to the Austin American and can be purchased online through a subscription. As it is published in Ector County, it is also available in Pflueger and Texarkana. Other publications in this area include the Texarkana Gazette, the Dallas Morning News, the El Paso Times, and the Laredo Morning News.
Odessa is a rural community where homes are constructed on land with streams and lakes in the area. Farms and cattle are a large part of the economy. Schools are aplenty, including both public and private, and include the Odessa School District. Most people who live in Odessa will commute to work. A great part of the economy in this area is the oilfield known as the Permian Basin.
The editor of the Odessa American, Larry Griswold, has covered a wide range of local, national, and international news topics for over two decades. He has worked for many local newspapers, as well as several national publications. In addition to writing articles for the paper, he has also written a number of books on a variety of topics related to Texas agriculture, rodeo, waterfowl, and wildflowers. Besides being a real estate agent and rural farmer, Griswold is the Executive Vice-President of Griswold Realty, a real estate company that specializes in property leasing and selling. He lives in Odessa with his wife, Beth, and their two children, Max and Lane.