Chris Plante

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Chris Plante
Chris Plante Show.jpg
Residence Washington DC
Occupation Radio Talk Show Host
Notable work

Pentagon Correspondent (CNN)
Senior Producer for National Security Affairs (CNN)
Military Affairs Producer (CNN)
Assignment Editor (CNN)

The Chris Plante Show (WMAL)

Jules Orteig (father)
Bill Plante (stepfather)

Barbara Barnes Orteig Plante (mother)[2]
Awards Edward R. Murrow Award

Chris Plante is a syndicated radio talk show host, based at WMAL Radio in Washington D.C., and heard on the Westwood One Network. He is also a frequent guest on both Fox News Channel and Fox Business.

Chris Plante is the stepson of one-time CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.[3]



Plante worked at CNN for 17 years, mostly covering The Pentagon and U.S. Military.[4] At various times at CNN, he was a Pentagon Correspondent, Senior Producer for National Security Affairs, Military Affairs Producer and an assignment editor. Plante traveled to foreign locations, including Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Africa and the remote corners of the former Soviet Union covering stories for CNN.


After leaving CNN, Plante got a job doing a weekend radio show at WMAL Radio, sometimes doing a joint show with liberal host Jerry Klein.

In 2005 he moved to weeknights, and in 2008 he moved to the midday time slot. In 2009 he was briefly replaced by The Joe Scarborough Show, but demand from fans saw his return to the 9 AM - Noon time slot in October 2009. [5]

Plante has filled in for national hosts like Mark Levin, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh.

In 2016, Cumulus Media announced Plante would be nationally syndicated by Westwood One, replacing Herman Cain's program, which will revert to a local program.[6] The Herman Cain Show will still air in the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tulsa, and Dayton markets.[7] Westwood One and Plante's home station, WMAL, are both owned by Cumulus Media.


Plante received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) for his reporting from the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

In 2015, Plante won a Reed Irvine Award for Excellence in Journalism[8]


  1. ^ Farhi, Paul (2010-11-04). "Conservatively speaking, WMAL radio host Chris Plante is on the rise". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Barbara Barnes Plante, 73". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
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  4. ^ Farhi, Paul (2010-11-04). "Conservatively speaking, WMAL radio host Chris Plante is on the rise". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  5. ^ "NTS MediaOnline". Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  6. ^ "Westwood One To Officially Offer WMAL/D.C.'s Chris Plante In Syndication". All Access. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  7. ^ "The Herman Cain Radio Show will be loud and strong in 2017". Herman Cain. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  8. ^ "AIM's 10th Annual Reed Irvine Awards to Judge Jeanine Pirro, Chris Plante, and Rep. Lamar Smith". Accuracy in Media. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2016-10-18.