Mostly Credited As: Charles Osgood
Birth Name: Charles Osgood Wood III
Date Of Birth: January 08, 1933 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York, New York
Charles Osgood, dubbed CBS News' poet-in-residence, has been anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning since 1994. He also anchors and writes The Osgood File, his daily news commentary broadcast on the CBS Radio Network. His commentaries have drawn one of the largest audiences of any network radio feature. Osgood was called "one of the last great broadcast writers" by his predecessor on Sunday Morning, Charles Kuralt. Osgood was born on Jan. 8, 1933 in New York. He graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. degree in economics in 1954. Osgood holds honorary doctorates from St. John's University, Stonehill College, College of St. Rose, LeMoyne College, Trinity College, the College of Mount St. Vincent, Iona College, Caldwell College, Fairleigh Dickenson University, and Franklin and Marshall College. He also holds honorary degrees from Fordham University and St. Bonaventure, and serves as a trustee for both. He is an overseer at Colby College. He is also a trustee at the School of Strings in Manhattan, which he claims would never have happened if they had heard him play. Osgood was the general manager of the first pay television station in the United States, WHCT in Hartford, Conn., and the program director and manager of WGMS Radio in Washington, D.C. Before joining CBS News in September 1971, Osgood was an anchor/reporter for WCBS News Radio 88 in New York (1967-71). Prior to that, he spent four years on general assignment for ABC News. Osgood has anchored and reported for many CBS News broadcasts including the CBS Morning News, the CBS Evening News , and the CBS Sunday Night News. The Osgood File has earned him five coveted Washington Journalism Review Best in the Business Awards, among other honors. Osgood received a 1999 Radio Mercury Award, a 1996 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers President's Award for outstanding coverage and support of music creators, and a 1993 Marconi Radio Award. Osgood received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for Sunday Morning and two additional Peabody Awards, in 1985 and 1986, for Newsmark, a weekly CBS Radio public affairs broadcast. He received his third Emmy Award in 1997 for his interview with American realist painter Andrew Wyeth for Sunday Morning. Osgood was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990 and has received some the highest accolades in broadcast journalism, including a 1999 International Radio and Television Society Foundation award for significant achievement.