Jane Pauley has been named the new host of “CBS Sunday Morning,” replacing Charles Osgood, who retired from the broadcast Sunday after a 22-year run there.
Pauley, the former “Today Show” co-host, appeared on the air alongside Osgood in an unusual — and dramatic — announcement at his farewell telecast’s conclusion. “I’m honored beyond words to follow in your footsteps,” she said.
In a statement released a few minutes after the show ended, Pauley said: “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.”
She’ll begin Oct. 9.
A longtime contributor to “Sunday Morning,” Pauley is best known as the co-host of “Today,” and later as “Dateline NBC” anchor. She becomes only the third host in “Sunday Morning” history, also the first woman and the first anchor to have not spent the entirety of her career at CBS News. Charles Kuralt, who died in 1997, was the inaugural anchor of Sunday Morning,” which launched in 1979.
Indiana native Pauley, 65, began her broadcasting career in 1972 at the Indianapolis CBS affiliate before joining Chicago’s WMAQ — the NBC owned station — in 1975. She was a “Today” co-anchor from 1976 to 1989.