Longtime TV News Host Has Passed Away


Journalist Charles Osgood is best known for his work at CBS News. He worked for the news company for 45 years. Starting in 1994, he anchored the show “CBS Sunday Morning.” He officially retired in 2016. At the time he called it “a good run.”

Now we have learned that Osgood has died. He was 91 years old. CBS reports that he was at his home in New Jersey at the time of his death on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Rand Morrison, the executive producer of “Sunday Morning,” remembers Osgood as “the heart and soul of ‘Sunday Morning.’ His signature bow tie, his poetry … just his presence was special for the audience, and for those of us who worked with him. At the piano, Charlie put our lives to music. Truly, he was one of a kind – in every sense.” 

When Osgood retired, Jane Pauley took his place on “Sunday Morning.” Pauley remembers Osgood as “one of the best broadcast stylists and one of the last. His style was so natural and unaffected it communicated his authenticity. He connected with people. Watching him  on TV, or listening on the radio, as I did for years, was to feel like you knew him, and he knew you. He brought a unique sensibility, curiosity and his trademark whimsy to ‘Sunday Morning,’ and it endures.”

Pauley explained that on “Sunday Morning,” she often thinks “How would Charlie say it?” and tries to say things the way she thinks he would do it, “trying to capture the elusive warmth and intelligence of his voice and delivery.”

Learn more about Osgood’s life and career in the video below.

Watch the video below for a look back at Osgood’s life after retirement, where he enjoyed the good life in the south of France, and to hear Osgood and his wife reminisce about how their relationship started.

Osgood is survived by his wife, Jean, their five children, and six grandchildren.