Osborne planned to step down on her own terms after 35 years on the anchor desk, but a fall in the station’s hallway forced the issue when she suffered a shoulder injury and a concussion. She will undergo surgery to fix the shoulder soon, but the brain injury is more of a wild card.
“They tell me with an injury like this some people get a lot better and some don’t get any better,” Osborne told the Fresno Bee. “I know I will never be the same as I was before I fell. That’s why I decided it wasn’t fair to the station or me to try to go back to work.”
She told the Bee that the injury forced her to re-evaluate her retirement plans.
“I only know one way to work and it’s flat out. I didn’t feel like I could do that. So all I would be is some grumpy old lady sitting there complaining how tired she was and how much her arm hurts.”
These days, Osborne’s movements and speech patterns are much slower because she has to concentrate more on what she is doing and saying. She also is having a real problem with numbers because she doesn’t see them the same way. That extra effort often drains her energy.
Osborne was inducted into the Silver Circle for the Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005. The award honors individuals who have made contributions to the markets where they work for “at least a major part of their twenty-five (or more) year career.”