Broadcast, Storytelling and the News: An Evening with Rich Lamb and Charles Osgood

Event Type:LifeRaft
Title:Broadcast, Storytelling and the News: An Evening with Rich Lamb and Charles Osgood
Please join us for a moderated Q&A with Rich Lamb and Charles Osgood
Date:Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time:7:30 PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center
Engelman Recital Hall Theater
55 Lexington Ave
New York

*Entrance on E. 25th St bet. Lexington & 3rd Ave.

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SAG Foundation and SAG-AFTRA News and Broadcast Department invite you to a very special evening with Rich Lamb and Charles Osgood.  This event will be moderated by Dana Tyler.

This presentation is part of SAG Foundation's ongoing "Storytelling for the 21st Century" Series.

About the "Storytelling for the 21st Century" Series
SAG Foundation invites you to participate in “Storytelling for the 21st Century” – a LifeRaft event series.  This carefully curated program aims to explore the emerging tools and modes of narratives available to storytellers in the new century.  Panels will cover a range of topics from adventure games to indie filmmaking to portrait documentary, broadcast and the news, interactive storytelling, shifting trends in musical theatre and transcending race and gender boundaries on the stage and screen.  New media platforms, tools and concepts provide innovative ways for the performer to become involved in the entertainment industry.  This series is intended to inform and equip a new generation of artists with the skills and trailblazing ingenuity to weave stories that are personally, socially and culturally relevant.



Rich Lamb is an award-winning reporter, who has been on the air at WCBS for 36 years come February 26th, 2014.

His reporting has been cited numerous times, including awards by the Overseas Press Club, The Associated Press, UPI, The New York Press Club, the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Archdiocese of New York and a host of other organizations.

He started at WCBS in February of 1978, and covered the 88-day newspaper strike of that year. He was one of the station’s mainstays in the transit strikes of both 1980 and 2005. He covered the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the destruction and aftermath of 9/11. He has covered four major plane crashes, all of the mayoral, gubernatorial and presidential elections since 1978, murders, fires, blackouts, St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day, West Indian Day and ticker tape parades. He traveled to Rome for the consistory creating Archbishop John J. O’Connor a Cardinal, and covered the prelate’s dramatic missions to Central America and Northern Ireland. In 2005, he traveled to Rome to cover the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Over the years, he’d flown on the Pope’s plane during John Paul’s 1995 U.S. visit, covered the Pope’s historic trek to Cuba in 1998, and John Paul ll’s original visit to New York in 1979. In 2013 Rich joined the CBS Network Radio team to cover the conclave electing Pope Francis.  Lamb traveled to Saudi Arabia to witness the buildup to the Gulf War in 1990.

Lamb is a Connecticut native, born in Hartford. He graduated from the University of Detroit, and started his broadcasting career in Michigan in 1970. He worked as an anchor and reporter at WEXL, Royal Oak, WNIC, Dearborn, and at WOMC, Detroit . He arrived at WCBS from New York City rock station WXLO, 99X, where he had been the “sidekick” of morning man Jay Thomas.

First Joined WCBS880: 1978
First Story: Brooklyn Polar Bear group takes icy dip in Feb, 1978
Most Memorable Story or Interview: Flying on the Pope’s plane, covering September 11tth.
Role Model: Steve Flanders, Charles Osgood
Why I’m A Journalist: It’s not boring
Alma Mater: University of Detroit
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Family: Married, one brother
Pets: Negative… allergies rule
Hobbies: Presidential trivia
Favorite Food: Hot dogs, hamburgers
Favorite Musicians: Pavarotti, The Beatles
Favorite Author: Dickens
Favorite Book: Bleak House
Favorite Destination: Home
Favorite Actor: Peter Ustinov
Hidden Talent: whistling
Favorite Links: Google


Charles Osgood, often referred to as CBS News' poet-in-residence, has been anchor of CBS News Sunday Morning since 1994. He also anchors and writes "The Osgood File," his daily news commentary broadcast on the CBS Radio Network. Osgood's commentaries draw one of the largest audiences of any network radio feature. He was called "one of the last great broadcast writers" by his predecessor on Sunday Morning, Charles Kuralt.

Osgood is the 2010 recipient of the AFTRA Foundation's AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcasting.  Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2005 Paul White Award, presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for lifetime contribution to electronic journalism. Also in 2005, Osgood received the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award from Arizona State University. He was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2000 and joined the ranks of the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1990. He has received some of the highest accolades in broadcast journalism, including a 1999 International Radio and Television Society Foundation (IRTS) Award for significant achievement.

In 1997 he received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for Sunday Morning and two additional Peabody Awards in 1985 and 1986 for Newsmark, a weekly CBS Radio public affairs broadcast. He received his third Emmy Award in 1997, for his interview with American realist painter Andrew Wyeth for Sunday Morning.

The Osgood File has earned its author five coveted Washington Journalism Review "Best in the Business Awards." Osgood received a 1999 Radio Mercury Award, a 1996 President's Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for outstanding coverage and support of music creators and a 1993 Marconi Radio Award.

He has been an anchor and reporter for many CBS News broadcasts, including the CBS Morning News, the CBS Evening News With Dan Rather and the CBS Sunday Night News. Before joining CBS News in September 1971, Osgood was an anchor/reporter for WCBS News Radio 88 in New York (1967-71). Prior to that, he worked for ABC News, was the general manager of WHCT-TV Hartford, Conn., and the program director and manager of WGMS Radio Washington, D.C.

Osgood, who edited Funny Letters From Famous People (Broadway Books, 2003) and Kilroy Was Here (Hyperion, 2001), a book on American humor from the World War II era, is the author of seven books. They are Nothing Could Be Finer Than a Crisis That Is Minor in the Morning(Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1979), There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do if You Would Be My POSSLQ (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1981), Osgood on Speaking: How to Think on Your Feet without Falling on Your Face (William Morrow and Company, 1988), The Osgood Files (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1991), See You on the Radio (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999), Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack (Hyperion, 2004) and his latest,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders & Other Oddities From the Presidential Campaign Trail (Hyperion, 2008). 

Osgood was born in New York. He was graduated from Fordham University in 1954 with a B.S. degree in economics and holds honorary doctorates from 11 institutions of higher learning. He has served as a trustee for Fordham University and St. Bonaventure, is an overseer at Colby College and a trustee at the School of Strings in Manhattan. Osgood has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and played the piano and banjo with the New York Pops and Boston Pops Orchestras.

He lives in New York City with his wife, Jean. They have five children and three grandchildren.

DANA TYLER - Moderator

Dana Tyler anchors CBS 2 News at 6 p.m.  She joined WCBS-TV in 1990 as weekend co-anchor and reporter.

An integral part of the news team, Tyler is proud to mark her 23rd year at CBS 2. In 2012, she received a New York Emmy Award for Community Service, for co-hosting the “The Tunnel to Towers Memorial Run”.  In addition to numerous New York Emmy Award nominations over the years, she was nominated in 2012 for her report “Amy’s Story” in the Health Special: “Race for the Cure”. In 2010, she received two Emmy Awards for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “Flight 1549 Lands in the Hudson River” and for her reporting of “Heather and Stacy’s Story” in “Race for the Cure”.  In 2003, Tyler received Emmy Awards for anchoring the Breaking News Story: “New York City Blackout” and for anchoring the Outstanding Single Newscast: “CBS 2 News at 11: City Hall Shooting.” In 1996, she received an Emmy for anchoring the Outstanding Single Newscast: “New York City Subway Firebombing”.

In 2011, Tyler was honored by the Friars Club in its annual “Salute to News Veterans.”  In 2007, she was honored in the McDonald’s annual salute to “Black Broadcast Legends” and in 2006 she received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for her report on Broadway’s “The Color Purple”.

In addition to general assignment reporting and feature stories on Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre productions, Tyler contributes as host for “Eye on New York”, CBS2′s half-hour weekly community affairs program. Tyler also hosts “CBS 2 at Tonys” and the “Tunnel to Towers Run”. She participates in CBS 2 sponsored events including “AIDS Walk New York”, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s “Walk to Cure Diabetes” and the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” which raises awareness about breast cancer.

Tyler served for more than a decade on the Board of Trustees of Learning Leaders, the 7,000-member volunteer organization dedicated to the education of New York City public school students. In 2008, she received an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from St. John’s University at Staten Island. In 2007, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Worthington High School in Ohio. In 2001, she received the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from Boston University’s School of Management from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and broadcast journalism.

Tyler began her broadcasting career as an intern at WCOL Radio and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. She was a general assignment reporter and anchor for WBNS and received an Ohio Valley Emmy Award in 1988 as Outstanding Anchor for her work on the popular “Heart of Ohio” broadcasts.

In 1990, she and the late Reggie Harris became the first African-American anchor team in New York on WCBS-TV. She is honored to celebrate her great-grandfather’s historic efforts. Ralph Waldo Tyler was a newspaper reporter and editor in Columbus and the first accredited African-American war correspondent to report on African-American soldiers stationed overseas during World War I.