Veteran Bay Area Reporter Hank Plante Steps Down

By Andrew Gauthier 

Contra Costa Times

Hank Plante, a veteran political reporter and fixture on the Bay Area television scene, is leaving KPIX (CBS 5), the station announced late Tuesday.

The move for Plante, 63, becomes effective March 24.

“There is an entire population of politicians breathing a sigh of relief at the news of Hank’s retirement,” said Channel 5 anchor Dana King. “Hank was the consummate professional, never combative but he did his homework and asked tough, pointed questions. Politicians, love him or hate him, respected and answered them, every single time. Our newsroom will suffer a huge intellectual void when he leaves.” More…