Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Out TV political reporter Hank Plante to retire

CBS 5 political editor Hank Plante will be retiring at the end of March, having worked the last 25 years for the local TV news station. The openly gay Plante plans to retire to Palm Springs where he owns a home with his husband, artist Roger Groth.

The award-winning journalist told the Bay Area Reporter Thursday, March 11 he had decided to accept a buy-out offer from the station. Rumors had circulated since late last year that Plante intended to retire, but he said his original plan was to remain on the job through the fall elections.

The recent offer, though, was too good to pass up, said the 63-year-old Plante.

“It is an exciting opportunity,” said Plante, who was named the Associated Press reporter of the year in 2009 in the broadcast category for the West Coast region.

The B.A.R. profiled Plante in 2006 when he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter. The honor is the equivalent of a TV hall of fame. When asked then if he had plans to retire to the gay resort town in the Coachella Valley, Plante wasn’t quit ready to put down his TV microphone.

“We talk about settling in there but after three days I would start talking to the cactus,” he quipped a the time. “I can never imagine not working. Maybe not at this pace; it is a lot of work.”

Check out next week’s Political Notebook in the B.A.R. to find out just what Plante plans to do in his golden years.

— Matthew S. Bajko, March 11, 2010 @ 6:05 pm PST
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