Charles Osgood Biography

Journalist, Radio Talk Show Host, News Anchor (1933–)
Broadcast journalist Charles Osgood anchored 'CBS Morning News,' the 'Sunday Night News' and 'Sunday Morning.' He currently hosts 'The Osgood File.'


Charles Osgood was born in New York City in 1933. In 1971, he became co-anchor of CBS Morning News. In 1980, he began working as a reporter for the CBS science broadcast Walter Cronkite's Universe and, from 1981 to 1987, anchored the CBS Sunday Night News. In 1994, Osgood became anchor of Sunday Morning, for which he earned one Peabody Award and three Emmys. More recently, he has hosted The Osgood File.

A Young Reporter

Charles Osgood Wood was born on January 8, 1933, in New York City. After graduating from Fordham University in 1954 with a degree in economics, Osgood began his broadcast career working at the school's radio station alongside future television and film star Alan Alda. However, in 1955 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and toured as the emcee of its band for the next three years. 

Returning to New York after his service he landed a job at ABC News in Manhattan, where he dropped his surname because the network already had a newsman named Charles Woods. He spent the next four years reporting for ABC radio and television, where he made the acquiantance of another ambitious reporter, Ted Koppel, who like Osgood had aspirations to become a news anchor.

The Celebrated Anchor 

In 1967, Osgood left ABC to seek new opportunities at CBS, where he was first employed as a reporter for Newsradio 880. However, after being called in as a last-minute weekend-anchor replacement, in 1971 Osgood joined the CBS television network. 

There, Osgood co-anchored the CBS Morning News and contributed to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. He was also a reporter for the CBS science broadcast Walter Cronkite's Universe and, from 1981 to 1987, anchored the Sunday Night News. In 1994, he was selected to replace Charles Kuralt as the anchor of Sunday Morning, for which he earned one Peabody Award and three Emmy Awards.

In August 2016, Osgood announced that he would leave the CBS Sunday Morning show after 22 years as it anchor. During his announcement, he told viewers his farewell show would be on September 25, and explained his longevity on the show. “For years now, people, even friends and family, have been asking me why I keep doing this, considering my age,” he said on the show. “I am pushing 84. It’s just that it’s been a joy doing it."

Osgood currently hosts The Osgood File, a three-minute show that is broadcast each weekday morning on over 400 radio stations nationwide. With topics ranging from breaking news to human interest vignettes (earning him the title of CBS's Poet in Residence), he has become a drive-time staple. During his 25-year-plus tenure, Osgood's radio program has won two Peabody Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Other Endeavors

Over the course of his celebrated career, Osgood has also written seven books, including Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in the Morning (1979), The Osgood File (1991), See You On The Radio (1999) and the memoir Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack (2004), about his experiences growing up during World War II. In 2008 he made a foray into film as well, providing his distinctive voice to narrate the animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!Osgood and his wife, Jean, have five children. In 1985, the National Father's Day Committee named him Father of the Year. For his work in journalism, he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990.


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