Charles Osgood, renowned for his poetic writing style and long-standing role as the host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” passed away at 91 due to dementia. Celebrated by fellow news legend Charles Kuralt as “one of the last great broadcast writers,” Osgood’s career spanned over four decades, including hosting the iconic “CBS Sunday Morning” from 1994 to 2016 and producing “The Osgood File” on CBS Radio from 1971 to 2017.
Osgood’s journey began in New York City, but his path to journalism was not straightforward. He initially studied economics at Fordham University and joined the U.S. Army, where he utilized his unique skills to become the announcer for the U.S. Army Band. His military service from 1955 to 1958 included a notable role as the personal broadcaster to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the Army, Osgood forged a successful broadcasting career, never having attended journalism school, and became a prominent figure at CBS News, known for blending poetry and whimsy into his reporting.