White House Correspondent Bill Plante celebrated his 50th anniversary with CBS News on Sunday.
Plante, now 76, got his start with the network in 1964 and has since covered every American president since Ronald Reagan and every presidential campaign since 1968. CBS News honored Plante Monday morning with a special segment on his 5-decade career, looking back on his most memorable moments covering everything from the Civil Rights Movement to Vietnam.
Norah O'Donnell congratulated Plante on "CBS This Morning," calling him "a great man" with "a front row seat to history."
"Those of us at CBS News consider us very lucky to call him our colleague and even moreso, a friend," O'Donnell said.
On the first day of his 51st year with CBS News, Plante reflected on his career in an interview with TVNewser, and added that he has no current plans to retire.
"I’ve tried to do a first-class job for the last fifty years,” he said. ”Sometimes I’ve succeeded, and sometimes I haven’t. I’d like to think that I’m aware of the times when it could have been done better. But I really believe that good reporting and good writing is essential if you’re going to do this kind of work. And I’ve tried to do that."
Many took to Twitter to send their congratulations:
Congratulations today to Bill Plante (@plantecbs) marking 50 years with CBS News. A great reporter and colleague. A privilege to work with.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2014
— Andrea Roane (@abuddy) June 2, 2014
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) May 29, 2014
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) June 2, 2014
— LoyolaChicago Alumni (@Loyola_Alumni) May 29, 2014
— Norah O'Donnell (@NorahODonnell) June 2, 2014
— Kelly Wallace (@kellywallacetv) May 29, 2014
— Peter King (@PeterKingCBS) May 29, 2014
— Ben Sherwood (@bensherwood) June 2, 2014
Watch the video for a clip from CBS News.