Bill Plante Biography, Age, Net Worth, Family, Wife, News

Bill Plante Biography

Bill Plante is an American veteran television journalist and correspondent. His most recent work was as the Senior White House Correspondent for CBS. He reported regularly for CBS This Morning as well as for the CBS Evening News. He has worked for CBS News, for some time now.

Bill Plante joined the network in 1964 and has been there for a number of decades. Plante covered the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama as a national correspondent for CBS News. He also served several tours of duty in South Vietnam.

Bill Plante covered the Vietnam War, the first in 1964 and the last in 1975 during the Fall of Saigon at the end of the war. From 1988 to 1995, he anchored CBS Sunday Night News. He retired in November 2016. He is the stepfather of syndicated radio talk show host Chris Plante.

Bill Plante completed his college education and graduated from Loyola University. In 1959, he left the school with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities. Later on, he attended Columbia University in 1963 where he was able to study political science and spark his interest in his future journalism career.


Bill Plante Age

Bill Plante was born on 14th January, 1938.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. His current age is 81 years old as of 2019.

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Bill Plante Net Worth

Bill Plante has been a journalist for half a century. In all these years, he has made a huge fortune from his career. He has seen five presidencies while working as a journalist. However, his net worth is currently under review. It is however estimated that Bill Plante is worth millions from his journalism career.

Bill Plante Family

Born in Chicago, Illinois Bill Plante is the a son of Mr. and Mrs. Regis L. Plante. His parents were residents of Park Ridge, Illinois. His father was a field engineer for the Hollub Heating Company in their home state of Chicago. His mothers occupation is not well known. There are also no details about his siblings.

Bill Plante Wife | Bill Plante Children | Robin Smith Bill Plante | Chris Plante

Bill Plante is married to his wife Robin Smith. The actual date of their wedding still remains unknown. He met Robin when she was working as a producer for NBC News. She eventually ended her career as an award-winning independent documentary producer. She was a dedicated scholar like Bill. This helped them form a strong bond in love and marriage.

Previously Bill Plante was married to Barbara Barnes Ortieg. It is not clear when the two got married or the reason for their separation. Bill has six sons in total. One of his children, Chris Plante is his stepson and the host of his own radio show.

Bill Plante News

Scott Pelley of CBS News raised a toast to Bill Plante at a packed Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C. last night after a video snapshot of a remarkable 52-year career. He makes Anthony Bourdain look like a homebody. He’s been everywhere: Saigon, Moscow, Selma, Berlin, Phnom Penh, maybe hundreds of other places. Wars, murders, you name the genre, he was there, as a young buck, as a wizened veteran.

At 78, Bill Plante has covered five consecutive presidencies and worked with nearly a dozen different co-White House correspondents for CBS. Lesley Stahl joked that “he’s outlasted about 300 CBS News presidents…and Larry Tisch,” the late long-ago CBS Inc. CEO-billionaire whose tenure is not venerated.

Bill Plante anchored the network’s Sunday evening newscast for seven years. And Pelley said aptly, “He’s integrity wrapped in talent wrapped in grace.” There were instant “Here, here’s!” when glasses were held high. It was a multi-generational celebration of a resilient, indefatigable journalist who’s endured in a competitive TV hothouse with grit and collegiality while navigating revolutionary changes that displaced or slowed many of his generation.

Throw in some personal and health ups and downs, too, and you’ve also got a tale of individual fortitude. For economic reasons alone, there will be fewer journalists whose career paths span the length and geographical breadth of his. Youth and fiscal imperatives will be served in a fragmented marketplace where the credible and clickbait clash among consumers who might not differentiate between Breitbart and Bloomberg. It was why, several hours earlier as we chatted, he mentioned just thumbing through a biography of CBS legend Edward R. Murrow, An American Original.

Bill Plante wanted to check something that he’s repeated for years. Sure, enough, yup, it was there, on page 228 of Joseph Persico’s work. “Murrow entered Buchenwald with Patton’s Third Army in April, 1945,” Plante recalled for me. “But he didn’t report on what he had seen for three days, because, he said, he needed time to ‘acquire detachment.’ I shudder to think what his reaction would be to today’s instant everything.”

A Chicago kid, Bill Plante himself segued from the tail end of the Murrow era to the digital age and the collapse of broadcast’s once impregnable business model. So, if they’d returned from the grave, what might he tell Murrow, Eric Severeid, Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood, or others from a brilliant CBS past, about what they’ve missed?

“With the whole business, it’s the speed. It’s obviously gone from something we considered manageable, at two news cycles a day, to a never-ending news cycle and, with that, accuracy more and more difficult. Sometimes it’s as simple as no time to check.” The old hands might be aghast at the internet “since they already worried about a lack of time for (quality) news in the late 1950s. The past half century hasn’t changed that much.”

The instantaneous communications means, too, no more waiting days, even weeks to get something published, be it print or video. You’re not taking time processing film, which “makes the editing process more difficult. Temptation to speed can override the necessity of thorough checking.” Bill Plante does not long for yesteryear or mythologize the past. He believes it’s better to have more information widely shared than less. He sees great work being done at his shop and elsewhere, including covering tales that much of the press forgets, like the war in Iraq.

Those CBS giants probably “could adapt. They were smart, educated guys who, given today’s circumstances, would react predictably to the scarcity of in-depth content. They would do their best to change the situation but be up against the same situation as others are up against, namely not a lot of time to ‘acquire detachment.’”

For sure. But if the creative vitality in that room last night can meld with Plante’s talent, integrity and grace, the onetime “Tiffany Network” will be in decent shape as Bill Plante opens up lots of good Bourdeaux and toasts a helluva run.