Samuel Andrew Donaldson Jr. is an American former reporter and news anchor, serving with ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He is best known as the network’s White House Correspondent and as a panelist and later co-anchor of thenetwork’s Sunday program, This Week. From 1956 to 1959, Donaldson served on active duty as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army.
About Sam Donaldson in brief
Samuel Andrew Donaldson Jr. is an American former reporter and news anchor, serving with ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He is best known as the network’s White House Correspondent and as a panelist and later co-anchor of thenetwork’s Sunday program, This Week. Donaldson was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Chloe, a school teacher, and Samuel Donaldson, a farmer. He grew up on the family farm in Chamberino, New Mexico, which his father had bought in 1910, two years before New Mexico was admitted to the Union. He attended New Mexico Military Institute as well as Texas Western College where he served as station manager of KTEP, the campus radio station, and joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. From 1956 to 1959, Donaldson served on active duty as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain. In 1958, he was one of the military observers of an atomic test in the Nevada testing grounds when an atomic device, with a yield roughly equivalent to the bombs dropped on Japan, was detonated three thousand yards away from the slit trench protecting the observers. He was hired by WTOP-TV in Washington, D.
C. in February 1961. He covered both local and national stories, including the Goldwater Presidential Campaign in 1964, the Senate debates on the civil rights bill in March 1964, and the Medicare bill the next year. He anchored the ABC Sunday Evening News from its inception in 1979 until August 1989. In 1996, he co-hosted the This Week program with Cokie Roberts until the two were replaced in September 2002 by George Stephanopoulos. In January 1997, he reported on the death of producer David Kaplan, who was shot by a sniper while on assignment in Sarajevo, Bosnia. In 2002, he covered the impeachment of President Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal and covered the last major White House press briefing before major renovations. In August 2006, he hosted the ABC News Now Live broadcast on the Internet and later hosted the S.N.L. news program on S.O.C. and CNN. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since November 2007. He had a son, Michael, with whom he has a daughter, Emma. He lives in Dallas, Texas. He currently lives with his wife and two daughters.