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Born: January 8, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: TV host, radio commentator, anchorman, news writer, syndicated columnist, news reporter, radio program director, general manager

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With his omnipresent bow tie, Charles Osgood seemed a throw-back to bygone eras in broadcasting. Working concurrently in radio and TV, he perfected a style that was easy-going, almost lulling. As host of CBS News' "Sunday Morning" from 1994, and with his four-times daily radio commentary "The Osgood Files" as well a syndicated column distributed by Tribune Media, Osgood connected with a pulse in America that defied political designation.Osgood began his broadcasting career in radio, working as a program director at WGMS in Washington, DC, and general manager of WHCT in Hartford, CT. In 1963, he was lured away by ABC News, for which he was a general assignment reporter for four years until joining CBS in 1967 as morning anchor and reporter for WCBS NewsRadio 88 in NYC. In 1971, he left full-time radio work and became part of the CBS News team, doing commentary and reporting and writing copy for other CBS personalities. Osgood became known as the network's "Poet-in-Residence" because of the verse he occasionally contributed to news programs. From 1980-82, he wrote much of "Walter Cronkite's Universe" and for much of the decade he did double duty, as the anchor of CBS' Sunday Night Newscast and host of...

With his omnipresent bow tie, Charles Osgood seemed a throw-back to bygone eras in broadcasting. Working concurrently in radio and TV, he perfected a style that was easy-going, almost lulling. As host of CBS News' "Sunday Morning" from 1994, and with his four-times daily radio commentary "The Osgood Files" as well a syndicated column distributed by Tribune Media, Osgood connected with a pulse in America that defied political designation.

Osgood began his broadcasting career in radio, working as a program director at WGMS in Washington, DC, and general manager of WHCT in Hartford, CT. In 1963, he was lured away by ABC News, for which he was a general assignment reporter for four years until joining CBS in 1967 as morning anchor and reporter for WCBS NewsRadio 88 in NYC. In 1971, he left full-time radio work and became part of the CBS News team, doing commentary and reporting and writing copy for other CBS personalities. Osgood became known as the network's "Poet-in-Residence" because of the verse he occasionally contributed to news programs. From 1980-82, he wrote much of "Walter Cronkite's Universe" and for much of the decade he did double duty, as the anchor of CBS' Sunday Night Newscast and host of the award-winning weekly radio show "Newsmark". By 1988, "The Osgood File" had become a four-times daily staple of the radio network, offering commentary on headlines from the news or on little-known news stories. Often these commentaries were delivered in verse. When Charles Kuralt retired as host and anchor of the "CBS News Sunday Morning" in 1994, he handed the reins over to Osgood. On occasion, the genial newsman has hosted occasional specials like 1981's "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Monsters...But Were Afraid!" (CBS) and "The Century That Made America Great" (The Disney Channel, 1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Lowell Thomas: Man About the World (2000) Interviewee
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 Stories of Lupus (1999) Narration
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 Science Odyssey, A (1998) Narration
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 Science Odyssey, A (1998) Host
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 Remember When (1995)
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Was general manager of WHCT Radio in New Hartford, CT
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Was program director and manager of WGMS Radio, Washington, DC
1963:
Joined ABC News as general assignment reporter
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Anchored morning news and was general assignment reporter for WCBS News Radio, NYC
1971:
Joined CBS News
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Co-wrote "Walter Cronkite's Universe"
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Anchored the "CBS Sunday Night News"
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Was co-anchor of "The CBS Morning News"
1988:
Wrote and reported "The Osgood Files", a daily broadcast on CBS Radio
1994:
Succeeded Charles Kuralt as the host of CBS' "Sunday Morning"
1995:
Hosted "The Century That Made America Great" on The Disney Channel
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Education

Fordham University: Bronx , New York - 1954

Notes

"One of the last great broadcast writers." --Charles Kurault

In 1990, Osgood was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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wife:
Jean Osgood. Married in 1973.

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father:
Charles Osgood.
mother:
Mary F Osgood.
daughter:
Kathleen Osgood. Born c. 1974; graduated from Colby College.
son:
Winston Osgood. Born c. 1975.
daughter:
Anne Elizabeth Osgood. Born c. 1977.
daughter:
Emily Jean Osgood. Born c. 1979.
son:
James Edward Osgood. Born c. 1983.
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"Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor In the Morning" Holt, Rinehart and Winston
"There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do If You Would Be My POSSLQ" Holt, Rinehart and Winston
"Osgood on Speaking: How to Think on Your Feet Without Falling on Your Face" William Morrow
"The Osgood Files" G.P. Putnam's Sons
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