Chris Plante

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Chris Plante
Born (1959-12-12) December 12, 1959 (age 60)[1]
OccupationRadio Talk Show Host
Parent(s)Jules Orteig (father)

Bill Plante (stepfather)

Barbara Barnes Orteig Plante (mother)[3]
AwardsEdward R. Murrow Award

Chris Plante (born December 12, 1959) 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 and Fox Business.

Chris Plante is the stepson of one-time CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante.[4]



Plante worked at CNN for 17 years, mostly covering The Pentagon and U.S. Military.[5] 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, which serves the Washington, D.C. metro area, sometimes hosting a joint show with liberal host Jerry Klein.

In 2005, Plante moved to weeknights, and in 2008 he moved to the midday time slot. In 2009, Plante's show 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. [6] Guest hosts include Mary Walter and Mike Opelka.[7]

Plante has filled in for national hosts including 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 reverted to a local program.[8] The Herman Cain Show will still air in the Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tulsa, and Dayton markets.[9] 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[10]


  1. ^ Plante reported he was nine years old when Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong walked on the moon (Chris Plante Show, 31 August 2018)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Barbara Barnes Plante, 73". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "NTS MediaOnline". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  7. ^ "The Chris Plante Show on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  8. ^ "Westwood One To Officially Offer WMAL/D.C.'s Chris Plante In Syndication". All Access. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  9. ^ "The Herman Cain Radio Show will be loud and strong in 2017". Herman Cain. Archived from the original on 2016-11-30. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  10. ^ "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.