Osgood announced last month he was retiring September 25, after 22 years as anchor of the award-winning broadcast and after nearly 50 years at CBS News. Pauley’s first broadcast in the new role will be October 9, when she’ll become only the third anchor in the history of CBS Sunday Morning.
Pauley joined CBS Sunday Morning in 2014 as a contributor. Since then she’s been a substitute host and has delivered a steady stream of high-profile interviews and reporting to the broadcast.
“Charles Osgood set the standard for CBS Sunday Morning,” Pauley said. “And it’s a great honor to be given the chance to further our show’s legacy of excellence. I look forward to bringing loyal viewers the kind of engaging, original reporting that has made the broadcast so irresistible for so long.”
“Jane Pauley is the ideal host for the most wide-ranging news program on American culture, our beloved CBS Sunday Morning broadcast,” said CBS News President David Rhodes. “Charles Osgood is a television news legend—and so is Jane Pauley.”
“We first got to know Jane when we did a story about her,” said Rand Morrison, Executive Producer of CBS Sunday Morning. “Our viewers immediately responded by suggesting she belonged on Sunday Morning permanently. And as is so often the case, they were right. She’s a dedicated, experienced broadcast journalist. But every bit as important, she’s a delight to work with. A worthy successor—and a perfect fit.”
Pauley’s work at CBS Sunday Morning included a profile of Hillary Rodham Clinton; an interview with 11-year-old Marquis Govan, who became a voice of reason in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer; the only TV interview with David Letterman about his retirement from late night television; and a report about a group of educators who lived through the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., now fighting to change gun control laws.