Charles Osgood

  • Birth Name: Charles Osgood Wood III
  • Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
  • Profession: Journalist, Author
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  • Spent spare time in college at the school's radio station where he played piano and spun records on his own show.
  • Served as emcee for the U.S. Army Band from 1955-58.
  • Moonlighted at Washington's WGMS as an announcer and put together a radio show that was piped exclusively into the hospital room of President Eisenhower, who had suffered a heart attack.
  • Sen. Everett Dirksen recorded his Grammy-winning song "Gallant Men" in 1967; the song is featured briefly in Easy Rider.
  • Started working at CBS in 1967.
  • Began airing The Osgood File on radio in 1971.
  • Was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990.
  • Took over as host of CBS News Sunday Morning in 1994.
  • Inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2000.
  • Has authored and edited several books, including the 2004 memoir Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack.
  • Narrated the 2008 movie Horton Hears a Who!
  • Has played piano and banjo with the New York Pops and Boston Pops orchestras.


  • Jamie Osgood — Son
  • Mary Osgood — Mother
  • Charles Osgood Wood II — Father
  • Anne Elizabeth Osgood — Daughter
  • Emily Jean Osgood — Daughter
  • Kathleen Osgood — Daughter
  • Jean Crafton Osgood — Wife
  • Mary Ann Osgood — Sister
  • Winston Osgood — Son


  • Fordham University, New York City, New York, United States (BS Economics, 1954)

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