Former anchor of CBS Sunday Morning Charles Osgood reflects on journalism career


His voice, like a warm handshake, welcomed viewers to CBS Sunday Morning for more than two decades.

At age 84, Charles Osgood, known as much for his smooth voice as his colorful bow ties, sat down to talk about his 50 years in journalism.

He recalled his first night behind the anchor desk at CBS News.

"I was just frightened to death," he said.

He says Mike Wallace, of 60 Minutes, gave him some pointers.

"He said 'get a copy of that (tape). There's nobody in this building who doesn't think you can do this, and do this very well, but it looks like you're the only one who thinks you can't.' It was tough listening to someone like Mike to overcome this deer in the headlights thing, " Osgood recalled.

Osgood was a unique reporter. He often mixed his love for music with his ability to rhyme to help tell a story.

Osgood still files news stories on the radio for the Osgood File and was recently awarded a National Emmy for Achievement in news.

And if you think he misses Sunday morning, you're right.

"I would have preferred to go on forever but that's the way it goes," he said.

Osgood was in New Albany last night as a guest speaker for the Jefferson Series which brings in lecturers to speak to high school students from across central Ohio to expose them to some of today's most influential thought leaders.