GENEVA, NY-Bill Plante, a three-time Emmy Award winner who joined the CBS News Washington Bureau in 1976, will take part in the Hobart and William Smith President's Forum lecture series at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 2, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. Plante will give a talk titled “Covering the President of the United States.” The talk is free and the public is invited.
Plante has been CBS News White House correspondent since January 1993 after he covered the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. His reports are seen regularly on the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and CBS News' “This Morning.” Plante has covered numerous topics and stories including the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland, the revolutionary trial in Teheran, and the fall of the governments in Vietnam and Cambodia. He was a CBS state department correspondent from 1989 until 1992. Plante first worked the White House beat during Ronald Reagan presidency. In 1984, he was part of a CBS News team that captured an Emmy for coverage of Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign.
Plante served four tours of duty in Vietnam. He also covered the civil rights movement in Mississippi and Alabama, including Dr. Martin Luther King's march. Plante has received many major broadcast journalism awards. In addition to the Emmy Awards for his coverage of the death of Princess Diana, the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign, he won an Emmy for his investigative report on the U.S. Soviet wheat deal. Plante's foreign reporting was recognized with a Overseas Press Club Award for reports on the India-Pakistan War, and for Best Radio Spot News Report for his coverage of the fall of the South Vietnam and Cambodian governments and evacuation of American personnel. Plante is a graduate from Loyola University with a bachelor's degree in humanities, and he studied political science at Columbia University.
President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors. The series was inaugurated in January 2000 with then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who led a discussion on public service. The series has since included such speakers as journalists Karen DeWitt and Sam Donaldson, presidential candidates Ralph Nader and Michael Dukakis, and most recently political analyst George Stephanopoulos. For more information on the forum, visit the President's Forum website
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