Known for movies

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Net Worth$40 million
SpouseJan Smith, Billie Kay Butler
FactMember of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at University of Texas-El Paso.

Sam Donaldson is an American journalist and television news anchor, best known for his work with ABC News. He was born on March 11, 1934 in El Paso, Texas, the son of Sarah Jane (née Morris) and Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Sr. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother was a homemaker. He has two older sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth.

Donaldson was educated at El Paso High School and then at Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1956. He began his career in radio, working as a reporter and newscaster at KROD-AM in El Paso. He then moved to KRLD-AM in Dallas, where he worked as a reporter and newscaster.

In 1960, Donaldson joined ABC News as a radio correspondent. He soon moved to television, and became ABC’s White House Correspondent in 1963. He covered the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. He also served as ABC’s Chief Washington Correspondent and as co-anchor of Primetime Live.

Donaldson has won numerous awards for his work, including three Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, and the George Polk Award. He was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003.

Donaldson has been married three times. His first marriage, to Lois Hart, ended in divorce. He then married Janice Treadwell in 1967; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1977. Donaldson married his third wife, Susan Deveny, in 1987; the couple has one child.

Donaldson is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and has blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameSam Donaldson
Net Worth$40 million
EducationUniversity of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico Military Institute


SpouseJan Smith, Billie Kay Butler
ChildrenRobert Donaldson, Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer Donaldson, Thomas Donaldson
ParentsSamuel Donaldson, Chloe Donaldson


AwardsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form, Special Classification for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs
NominationsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer(s) - Segments
TV ShowsABC 2000 Today, This Week, Primetime, The First and Essential Freedom

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1Call me a braggart, call me arrogant. People at ABC (and elsewhere) have called me worse. But when you need the job done on deadline, you'll call me.


1Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at University of Texas-El Paso.
2Joined ABC News in 1967.
3In 1998 he received the "Broadcaster of the Year" award from the National Press Foundation.
4Was ABC's Chief White House Correspondent from 1977 until 1989.
5Holds a Bachelor degree from Texas Western College.
6Began his broadcasting career at KRLD-TV in Dallas in 1959.




Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate2016Documentary shortHimself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - ABC News Reporter
Primary Issues2011TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman2011TV Series documentaryHimself
This Week2005-2011TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2010TV SeriesHimself
Nazi Hunters2010TV SeriesHimself - ABC News Anchor
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2009TV SeriesHimself - Expert
Real Time with Bill Maher2009TV SeriesHimself
ABC News: Inauguration 20092009TV MovieHimself - Correspondent
Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny2009DocumentaryHimself
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story2008DocumentaryHimself - White House Correspondent
Pacto de silencio2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Investigators2007TV Series documentaryHimself
18 in '082007Documentary shortFormer ABC News Anchor Sam Donaldson
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHimself
The Chris Matthews Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Inside the U.S. Secret Service2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - ABC News
Da Ali G Show2004TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
American Veteran Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Breaking the News2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years2001Video documentaryHimself
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2000-2001TV SeriesHimself
The Final Days2000ShortHimself
The Campaign Trail to the Road to the White House: Storytellers2000TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2000TV SeriesHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentaryAnchor
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters1994TV MovieHimself
The War Room1993DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1984-1993TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Primetime1989TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHimself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show1987TV SeriesHimself
This Week with David Brinkley1981TV SeriesHimself - Regular panelist (1981-1996)
20/201978TV Series documentaryHimself - Contributing Anchor (1998-2000)
ABC Weekend News1968TV SeriesHimself - Anchor
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir1953TV SeriesHimself - Chief White House Correspondent (1977-1989)

Archive Footage

The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - ABC News
Race for the White House2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Who Is Donald Trump?2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Football Life2015TV SeriesHimself
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - ABC News
Marxist Lucifer King2015Video documentary shortHimself - White House Correspondent
Dinosaur 132014DocumentaryHimself
Reagan2011DocumentaryHimself - ABC News
Nazi Hunters2010TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Reporter
The Panama Deception1992DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair1988DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2010EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long FormABC News: Inauguration 2009 (2009)
2000EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs & SegmentsABC 2000: The Millennium (1999)

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