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Sam Donaldson


ABC broadcast journalist who earned a Information & Documentary Emmy Prize for Excellent Long Type Live Coverage of the Current News Tale and interviewed many effective people. He offered in america Military as an artillery official. For the 40 years he continues to be ABC’s Whitehouse correspondent. He wedded Jan Smith in 1983 and he provides four kids. He protected the Lewinsky scandal as well as the impeachment of Leader Bill Clinton.

Quick Facts

Full Name Sam Donaldson
Date Of Birth March 11, 1934
Place Of Birth El Paso, TX
Profession Journalist
Education University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico Military Institute
Nationality American
Spouse Jan Smith, Billie Kay Butler
Children Robert Donaldson, Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer Donaldson, Thomas Donaldson
Parents Chloe Donaldson, Samuel Donaldson
Awards News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form, Special Classification for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs
Nominations News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Interview/Interviewer(s) - Segments
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TV Shows Primetime, ABC 2000 Today, This Week, The First and Essential Freedom
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1 Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at University of Texas-El Paso.
2 Joined ABC News in 1967.
3 In 1998 he received the "Broadcaster of the Year" award from the National Press Foundation.
4 Was ABC's Chief White House Correspondent from 1977 until 1989.
5 Holds a Bachelor degree from Texas Western College.
6 Began his broadcasting career at KRLD-TV in Dallas in 1959.



Backfire: How to Destroy a Presidential Candidate 2016 Documentary short Himself
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - ABC News Reporter
Primary Issues 2011 TV Series Himself - Host
The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
This Week 2005-2011 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 2010 TV Series Himself
Nazi Hunters 2010 TV Series Himself - ABC News Anchor
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 2009 TV Series Himself - Expert
Real Time with Bill Maher 2009 TV Series Himself
ABC News: Inauguration 2009 2009 TV Movie Himself - Correspondent
Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny 2009 Documentary Himself
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story 2008 Documentary Himself - White House Correspondent
Pacto de silencio 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Investigators 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
18 in '08 2007 Documentary short Former ABC News Anchor Sam Donaldson
Encore with John Palmer 2006 TV Series Himself
Fuck 2005 Documentary Himself
The Chris Matthews Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Inside the U.S. Secret Service 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself - ABC News
Da Ali G Show 2004 TV Series Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2002 TV Series Himself
American Veteran Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Breaking the News 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years 2001 Video documentary Himself
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis 2001 Video documentary Himself
The Daily Show 2000-2001 TV Series Himself
The Final Days 2000 Short Himself
The Campaign Trail to the Road to the White House: Storytellers 2000 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2000 TV Series Himself
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary Anchor
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997 TV Series Himself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters 1994 TV Movie Himself
The War Room 1993 Documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1984-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Feed 1992 Documentary Himself
Primetime 1989 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Live with Kelly and Michael 1989 TV Series Himself
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama / Comedy Special
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987 TV Series Himself
The Late Show 1987 TV Series Himself
This Week with David Brinkley 1981 TV Series Himself - Regular panelist (1981-1996)
20/20 1978 TV Series documentary Himself - Contributing Anchor (1998-2000)
ABC Weekend News 1968 TV Series Himself - Anchor
ABC World News Tonight with David Muir 1953 TV Series Himself - Chief White House Correspondent (1977-1989)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - ABC News
Race for the White House 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Who Is Donald Trump? 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Football Life 2015 TV Series Himself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - ABC News
Marxist Lucifer King 2015 Video documentary short Himself - White House Correspondent
Dinosaur 13 2014 Documentary Himself
Reagan 2011 Documentary Himself - ABC News
Nazi Hunters 2010 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Reporter
Spin 1995 Documentary Himself
The Panama Deception 1992 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair 1988 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form ABC News: Inauguration 2009 (2009) · David Westin (president: ABC News)
· Marc Burstein (executive producer)
· Roger Goodman (executive director)
· Hal Aronow-Theil (senior producer)
· David Chalian (senior producer)
· Dave Davis (senior producer)
· Peter Doherty (senior producer)
· Todd Donovan (senior producer)
· Dennis Dunlavey (senior producer)
· Tamar Gargle (senior producer)
· Vinne Malhotra (senior producer)
· Chris Meyers (senior producer)
· Bob Murphy (senior producer)
· Rhonda Schwartz (senior producer)
· Robin Sproul (senior producer)
· Renu Thomas (senior producer)
· Charles Gibson (anchor)
· Diane Sawyer<
2000 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement - Programs & Segments ABC 2000: The Millennium (1999) · Roger Goodman (executive producer)
· Marc Burstein (executive producer)
· Phyllis McGrady (executive producer)
· Neil Patterson (executive producer)
· Gary Smith (executive producer)
· Bob Roy (senior producer)
· Peter Jennings (anchor)
· Deborah Amos (correspondent)
· Bill Blakemore (correspondent)
· Aaron Brown (correspondent)
· Connie Chung (correspondent)
· Morton Dean (correspondent)
· Gillian Findlay (correspondent)
· Jack Ford (correspondent)
· Charles Gibson (correspondent)
· Mark Litke (correspondent)
· Cynthia McFadden (correspondent)
· John Miller (correspondent)

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1 Call 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.

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