Charles Osgood

Last Updated Oct 6, 2017 11:34 AM EDT

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Charles Osgood is a contributor to "CBS Sunday Morning." He was anchor of the three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning broadcast between 1994 and 2016.

He also hosts and writes "The Osgood File," his daily news commentaries broadcast on the CBS Radio Network.

Osgood is an experienced journalist and author who is considered one of the best broadcast writers in the business. With Osgood as anchor, "CBS Sunday Morning" reached its highest audience levels in more than two decades, and been three times named the Outstanding Morning Program on television by Daytime Emmy voters.

He joined CBS News in 1971 and has been an anchor and reporter for every broadcast on the network, including the "CBS Morning News," the "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" and the "CBS Sunday Night News."

Before joining CBS News, Osgood was an anchor and reporter for WCBS News Radio 880 in New York. Prior to that, he worked for ABC News, was the general manager of WHCT-TV in Hartford, Conn., and was the program director and classical music announcer at WGMS Radio in Washington, D.C.

In addition to the three Daytime Emmys, (2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16), Osgood has earned many top broadcasting awards. He was recognized with the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Distinguished Service Award. He was the recipient of the 2005 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association, for lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Osgood received the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award from Arizona State University in 2004. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2000 and joined the ranks of the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990. Osgood has received some of the highest accolades in broadcast journalism, including a 1999 International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS) Award for significant achievement.

Osgood received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for "CBS Sunday Morning" and two additional Peabody Awards in 1985 and 1986 for "Newsmark," a weekly CBS Radio public affairs broadcast. He also earned an Emmy Award in 2004, for his story "Net Gain," about a basketball group created by Americans to bring strife-torn children of different religions and races together. He also received two News Emmy Awards in 1997 for "Wyeth at 80" and "Princess Diana."

In 2017, at the the 38th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Osgood received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). 

On radio, "The Osgood File" has earned its author five coveted Washington Journalism Review Best in the Business Awards. Osgood received a 1999 Radio Mercury Award, a 1996 President's Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for outstanding coverage and support of music creators and a 1993 Marconi Radio Award.

Osgood made his big screen debut as the narrator of Dr. Seuss' "Horton Hears a Who," the animated feature film adaptation of the beloved children's book. He also wrote "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House" (Hyperion, 2008), a compendium of anecdotes from the last 70 years of presidential campaigns. Osgood, who edited "Funny Letters From Famous People" (Broadway Books, 2003) and "Kilroy Was Here" (Hyperion, 2001), is the author of six books: "Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in the Morning" (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1979); "There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do if You Would Be My POSSLQ" (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1981); "Osgood on Speaking: How to Think on Your Feet Without Falling on Your Face" (William Morrow and Company, 1988); "The Osgood Files" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1991); "See You on the Radio" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999) and "Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack" (Hyperion, 2004).

Osgood was born in New York. He was graduated from Fordham University in 1954 with a B.S. degree in economics, and holds honorary doctorates from 11 institutions of higher learning. He has served as a trustee for Fordham University and St. Bonaventure, is an overseer at Colby College, and is a trustee at the School of Strings in Manhattan. Osgood has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and played the piano and banjo with the New York Pops and Boston Pops Orchestras.

He lives in New York City with his wife, Jean. They have five children and three grandchildren.