Sam Donaldson Biography (1934-)

Full name, Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr.; born March 11, 1934, in El Paso, TX;son of Samuel Andrew (a farmer) and Chloe (a schoolteacher; maiden name, Hampson) Donaldson; married Patricia Oates, 1954 (divorced); married Billy Kay Butler, November 30, 1963 (divorced, 1980); married Janice Claire Smith (a television journalist), April 16, 1983; children: (first marriage) Samuel; (second marriage) Jennifer, Thomas, Robert. Addresses: Office: ABC News, 1717 DeSales St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Broadcaster, journalist, host, producer, writer
Birth Details
March 11, 1934
El Paso, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • ABC Weekend News, ABC, 1979-1989
  • Anchor, ABC World News Sunday, ABC, 1979-1989
  • Correspondent, This Week with David Brinkley, ABC, 1981-1996
  • Co-anchor, PrimeTime Live, ABC, 1989-1998
  • Anchor, This Week with Sam and Cokie (also known as This Week and This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts), ABC, 1996-?
  • Correspondent, ABC News Saturday Night, ABC, 1997-1998
  • Co-anchor, 20/20 (also known as ABC News 20/20), ABC, 1998-
  • Specials
  • ABC News Closeup on Washington Regulators: How They Cost You Money, ABC, 1975
  • Texas 150: A Celebration Special, ABC, 1986
  • Campaign: The Prime-Time President (documentary), PBS, 1988
  • Reporter, The '88 Vote: Election Night, ABC, 1988
  • Omnibus, ABC, 1988
  • Anchor, Lying, Cheating and Stealing in America (documentary; alsoknown as Burning Questions), ABC, 1989
  • Reporter, Presidential Inauguration, ABC, 1989
  • News analyst, The '92 Vote: The Democratic Convention, ABC, 1992
  • Holiday at Pops, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Panelist, Meet the Media: Is It Unfair to Clinton? Is It Unfair to America?, CNBC, 1994
  • State of the Union Undressed '94, Comedy Central, 1994
  • Reporter, The '96 Vote: Election Night, ABC, 1996
  • Analyst, The '96 Vote: The Democratic National Convention, ABC, 1996
  • Analyst, The '96 Vote: The Republican National Convention, ABC, 1996
  • A Day with ... , Lifetime, 1997
  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) 13th Annual Hall of Fame, 1998
  • Himself, Breaking the News, 2001
  • Episodic
  • The Presidency and the Constitution, PBS, 1987
  • The Paula Poundstone Show, ABC, 1993
  • Appeared in episodes of ABC News Nightline (also known as Nightline), 20/20, and ABC World News Tonight (also known as World News Tonight), all ABC.
  • Television Work
  • Producer; Specials
  • ABC News Closeup on Washington Regulators: How They Cost You Money, ABC, 1975
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, Cover Up (also known asCoverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair), 1988
  • Himself, Feed, Original Cinema, 1992
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, The Panama Deception, 1992
  • Himself, The War Room, 1993
  • Himself, President Clinton: Final Days, 2000
  • Himself, Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis, New Line Home Video, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Teleplays
  • Specials
  • ABC News Closeup on Washington Regulators: How They Cost You Money, ABC, 1975
  • Memoirs
  • Hold On, Mr. President!, Random House (New York City), 1987

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