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Veteran CBS newsman and creator of The Osgood File, Charles Osgood is CBS News’ “Poet-in-Residence” and an icon of American broadcasting. Osgood spent 22 years hosting the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning, continuing the show's long tradition of in-depth profiles, great reporting, and wide-ranging coverage of news, art, entertainment, science, literature and culture. 

As anchor and writer of The Osgood File radio show since 1971, Osgood combines poignant social commentary with an uncanny ability to find the irony and humor in everyday life, broadcasting to over 400 stations every weekday morning. The Osgood File has won five Best in the Business Awards from The Washington Journal Review

“Charles Osgood has one of the most distinctive voices in broadcasting, guiding each broadcast, making sure the words were just right and being a calming, reassuring presence to our viewers,” said David Rhodes, CBS News president. “His impeccable commitment to quality inspires all of us at CBS News.”

Osgood has also won four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, and the International Radio and Television Society Award for Significant Achievement. Additionally, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. 

A long time musician, Osgood has played the piano on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The New York Pops, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He is a trustee at the School Strings in Manhattan. Osgood made a special appearance at the Grand Ole Opry as part of the Music City's 85th birthday celebration.

In his speeches Osgood is charming, funny and may even play the piano. His presentations — an entertaining mix of stories, insights, music, and television footage — have delighted audiences for years.

He anchored the CBS Sunday Night News for seven years and has reported for CBS This Morning, CBS Morning News, and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. Osgood has written numerous books, including See You on the Radio and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail. He was the narrator of the 2008 film Horton Hears a Who!

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An Evening of Storytelling and Music with Charles Osgood
The Osgood File
Special Programs: Available for Orchestral Readings & Master of Ceremony Appearances
Books & Other Works
  • CBS Sunday Morning
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities From the...
  • Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack
  • Funny Letters From Famous People
  • See You on the Radio
  • The Osgood Files
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“Charles Osgood's wit and wisdom made our dinner a memorable event...He spoke and sang with warmth, charm and humor.”
New York Intellectual Property Law Association
“What a lovely, lovely person Charles Osgood is. It is so encouraging when the idea of someone actually measures up in reality. The guests had great reverence for him and the students treated him like a rock star! ”
New Albany Community Foundation
“One of the last great broadcast writers.”
Charles Kuralt
“[The Osgood File] is a model of its kind that is scarce in both print and electronic journalism.”
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