Bill Plante

Master of Ceremonies

Bill Plante

Bill Plante was a CBS News Correspondent for 52 years prior to his retirement following the 2016 election. He covered the White House for CBS News during the administrations of Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. From 1989-92, he was State Department correspondent. Plante also served as anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News (June 1988-August 1995). He was part of the CBS News team which received a 1986 Emmy Award for coverage of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit at Reykjavik, Iceland. Plante was a floor reporter at the 1988 and 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He also covered Reagan’s 1984 reelection campaign and was part of the CBS News team that won an Emmy Award for its coverage. Plante has been based in the CBS News Washington bureau since December 1976. Before his first White House assignment, he covered general and off-year elections, including the national political conventions.

Plante joined CBS News in June 1964 as a New York-based reporter/assignment editor. He served four tours of duty in Vietnam. Plante also covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi and Alabama, including Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Plante graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in humanities, and studied political science at Columbia University. He and his wife, Robin Smith, an award-winning independent documentary producer, live in Washington, DC. Plante has five sons.