Celebrated national broadcast journalist Charles Osgood was recently lauded as one of the most devoted supporters of public education on Long Island. Osgood is among 13 honorees who recently received the 2016 Nassau BOCES Education Partner award, bestowed annually on those individuals and organizations whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in tangible ways.
A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides to accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success.
Radio and television writer and commentator Osgood, an outspoken advocate of education, was honored at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation awards gala. The foundation raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget.
For more than 20 years, Osgood has served as anchor of the weekly national news magazine broadcast, CBS News Sunday Morning. He is also host of the daily CBS Radio broadcast “The Osgood Files,” which draws one of the largest audiences of any network radio feature. For his compelling combination of national news and moving human-interest stories, Osgood has earned the title of “CBS Poet in Residence.”
Osgood is not only a pillar of the journalism community, he is a champion for educational excellence and an advocate for arts education. To that end, he has been a staunch supporter of the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) and currently serves as co-chairperson of the campaign for LIHSA.
Osgood has worked to support and sustain LIHSA, both financially and through action. Last fall, he hosted “An Evening With Charles Osgood” at the Friars Club in Manhattan to help launch the campaign fundraiser and to create momentum and raise public awareness for the campaign. He has met with LIHSA students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff and encourages the community to work in partnership with LIHSA and the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation to support the school. He has spoken frequently of LIHSA’s commitment to excellence. He lauds the faculty of practicing professional artists and speaks highly of the school’s record of helping students to fulfill their potential, gain self-confidence and excel in all they do.
“Charles Osgood has devoted his personal and professional life to fostering excellence in education,” wrote his award nominator. “An artist himself, Mr. Osgood was dubbed ‘one of the last great broadcast writers’ by his predecessor, Charles Kuralt. He is passionate about arts education and, as a devoted supporter of the Long Island High School for the Arts, has been invaluable in his efforts to keep LIHSA a viable educational option for Long Island’s high school students.”
Osgood serves as a trustee to his alma mater, Fordham University, is overseer at Colby College and is a trustee of the School of Strings in Manhattan. He holds 11 honorary doctorates and is the recipient of some of the highest awards in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody Award, the Grammy Award, several Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award. He has been inducted into both the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.