“The news of the day is so goofy at times, it just seems to fit into couplets and rhymes” is CBS News Correspondent Charles Osgood’s way of explaining why, form time to time, he reports the news in poetry instead of prose. Often called CBS News’ “poet in residence,” Osgood writes most of his verse for his four weekday broadcasts on CBS Radio. On this series, instead of concentrating on up-to-the-minute hard news (the latest word from the battlefield or Capitol Hill), his specialty is so-called “soft news,” the peripheral, non-cosmic, off-beat story.
Time magazine described the Osgood File as “a model of its kind that is scarce in both print and electronic journalism.” He was honored by the Society of Silurians, a distinguished group of New York journalists, for his “fresh approach to news and its background,” an approach which has prompted thousands of listeners to write him letters of praise.
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