Wood was born in Indianapolis. He graduated Howe High School, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. His broadcast career includes TV in South Bend, CBS and NBC Network News. He aired reports from the civil rights movement, Vietnam, Kennedy assassination from Dallas and anchored WNBC-TV’s Six O’clock News in New York, and ended up replacing the original newscaster, Frank Blair, on NBC-TV’s “Today Show”. He was also a media trainer for Fortune 500 companies, National Director of Public Relations for The American Legion.