Sam Donaldson ABC News, Bio, Age, Wiki, Wife, Family, Children, CNN, Salary and Net Worth

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Sam Donaldson Wiki

Sam Donaldson born Samuel Andrew Donaldson Jr. is an American former reporter and news anchor, who served with ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He is well known as the network’s White House Correspondent in the 1977 to 1989 and 1998 to 1999, and as a panelist and later co-anchor of the network’s Sunday program, This week.

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Sam Donaldson Biography

He studied at New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Western College, which is now known as University of Texas at El Paso, where he joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and served as station manager at the campus radio station, KTEP.

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In October 1967, he was hired by ABC News as a Washington correspondent, covering the two major party political conventions in 1968 and began anchoring the network’s 11:00 pm Saturday and Sunday newscasts the following year.

He covered the Vietnam War for ABC News in 1971. From 1973 to 1974, he becomes the ABC’s chief Watergate correspondent, where he covered the trial of the Senate Watergate hearings, the Watergate burglars and the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment investigation of President Nixon.

He also covered Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign and the following year, he became the network’s White House Correspondent, a post he held until January 1989.

He appeared as a panelist with David Brinkley on a Sunday morning television program This Week from its inception in 1981 and in 1996 he co-anchored the This Week program with Cokie Roberts after Brinkley’s retirement. He occasionally serves as a panelist on This Week. From 1979 to August 1989, he anchored the ABC Sunday Evening News from its inception.

Together with Diane Sawyer, he co-anchored the network’s magazine program Primetime Live from 1989 to 1999. In 1990–91, he covered the First Persian Gulf War and co-anchored Primetime Live from Kuwait City after the Iraqi troops were forced out. In August 1992, he went to Sarajevo on assignment and his producer David Kaplan. He co-anchoring the program Primetime Live reported on Kaplan’s death.

In January 1997, he was assigned to the White House as the network’s chief correspondent, where he served until mid-1999. He covered the impeachment of President Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal. In 2002, he anchored the first regularly scheduled U.S. news broadcast on the Internet and, later hosted the ABC News Now “Politics Live” broadcast. He covered every major political party convention from 1964-2012 until he retired from ABC in 2013.

Sam Donaldson Age

He was born on 11 March 1934 in El Paso, Texas, United States.

Sam Donaldson Family

He is the son of Chloe (née Hampson), a school teacher, and Samuel Donaldson, a farmer.

Sam Donaldson Wife

He has been married four times.  He first married  Patricia Oates from 1954 to 1962 ,Billie Kay Butler from 1963 to 1980. He then married Jan Smith from 1983 to 2014. He is married to Sandra Martorelli. The couple married in December 2014. They together live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sam Donaldson Children

He has for children from his previous marriages. Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer, Thomas and Robert Donaldson.

Sam Donaldson Net Worth

He is a long term reporter with an estimated net worth of around $40 million.

Sam Donaldson Cancer

He had a melanoma removed from a lymph node in 1995. He has been an active supporter of cancer research since then, and chairman emeritus of the advisory board of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Sam Donaldson Death

Many thought that he is dead for he was with his producer David Kaplan, who was shot to death by a sniper in August 1992, on their way from Sarajevo on assignment. The truth is, he was in another vehicle and he even co-anchored the program Primetime Live, reporting on Kaplan’s death that night.

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