Sam Donaldson

News anchor, News reporter, Author
Sometimes considered emotionless, lacking warmth or even acidic in his delivery, Sam Donaldson was a no-nonsense news reporter and anchor who did his homework in an age when pretty boys seemed to be taking over the ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1934 in El Paso, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Primetime Live 1989 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

This Week With George Stephanopoulos 1981 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

20/20 1993 - 1994, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fuck 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Da Ali G Show 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Paula Poundstone Show 1993 - 1994, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000: The Vote 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Bush: First Mom 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Springboard: Exploring the Digital Age 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Cokie Roberts 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the White House Press Corps 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

This Year in Politics 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC News Saturday Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Helen Thomas: First Lady of the Press 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day With... 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

David Brinkley: A Reporter's Life 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The '96 Vote: Election Night 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday at Pops 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

State of the Union Undressed '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

'92 Vote: The Democratic Convention 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Campaign: The Prime-time President 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Lying, Cheating and Stealing in America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The '88 Vote: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Omnibus 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Presidency and the Constitution 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Presidents' Wives (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the News (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Sometimes considered emotionless, lacking warmth or even acidic in his delivery, Sam Donaldson was a no-nonsense news reporter and anchor who did his homework in an age when pretty boys seemed to be taking over the anchor chairs and substance was often forgotten.

Relationships

Billie Butler

Wife
Married Nov. 30, 1963 Divorced 1980

Samuel Donaldson

Father

Chloe Donaldson

Mother

Jennifer Donaldson

Daughter
Mother, Kay Butler

Robert Donaldson

Son
Mother, Kay Butler

Samuel Donaldson

Son
Mother, Patricia Oates

Thomas Donaldson

Son
Mother, Kay Butler

Patricia Oates

Wife
Married 1954 Divorced

Janice Smith

Wife
Married April 16, 1983 Confirmed separation Jan. 2, 2013, just a few weeks after Donaldson was arrested for DUI

EDUCATION

University of Texas

El Paso , Texas 1955
Formerly named Texas Western College

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Did graduate work

Milestones

2009

Retired from full-time work with ABC News

2001

Appeared in documentary " Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years"

1999

Announced signing of multiyear contract with ABC News, which called for him to serve as substitute anchor of "20/20" and to launch an Internet-only news program to run three times per week on ABCNews.com

1999

Stepped down as ABC News' White House correspondent (announcement made August 31)

1999

Underwent throat surgery to remove a benign polyp

1998

Re-assigned to duties as White House correspondent

1996

Named as co-host with Cokie Roberts of "This Week" (ABC); show eventually renamed "This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"; Robert announced departure fall 2002

1989

Co-hosted ABC's "Primetime Live" with Diane Sawyer

1981

Regularly contributed to "This Week With David Brinkley" (ABC)

1979

Anchored ABC Sunday evening news

1976

Was White House correspondent for ABC News during Carter and Reagan administrations

1973

Served as ABC's chief Watergate correspondent

1967

Joined ABC News as Washington news reporter

1961

Was TV news reporter, WTOP-TV in Washington, DC; became news anchor

1959

Broke into broadcasting as a general announcer at KRLD-TV in Dallas, TX

1959

Worked as mutual fund salesperson

1956

Served in U.S. Army; rose to rank of captain

Bonus Trivia

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Donaldson was named best TV White House correspondent by the Washington Journalism Review in 1985.

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In 1998, he received the "Broadcaster of the Year" award from the National Press Foundation.

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On Dec. 1, 2012, Donaldson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Lewes, DE.

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