Jane Pauley will replace Charles Osgood as the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News President David Rhodes said on Sunday.
Osgood is retiring after 22 years as anchor of the weekly broadcast and after nearly 50 years at CBS News. Pauley will officially take over the problem on Sunday, Oct. 9, when she will become only the third anchor in the history of the show.
“Jane Pauley is the ideal host for the most wide-ranging news program on American culture, our beloved CBS Sunday Morning broadcast,” said Rhodes in a statement. “Charles Osgood is a television news legend—and so is Jane Pauley.”
Pauley has been working as a contributor on the show since 2014 and also has served as substitute host. While there, she’s done a profile on Hillary Clinton, an interview with 11-year-old Marquis Govan, who became a young voice of reason in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting and ensuing riots; and the only TV interview with David Letterman about his pending retirement.
“Charles Osgood set the standard for CBS Sunday Morning,” Pauley said in a statement. “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.”
Pauley began her career in network news in 1976 as co-host on NBC’s Today, where she spent 13 years before moving to Dateline NBC, which she anchored from 1992 to 2002. She also hosted her own daytime talk show, The Jane Pauley Show in 2004.
She’s written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.
Pauley is married to Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau. They are the parents of three and grandparents to two.