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Sam Donaldson, known for wearing what may well be the worst toupee in television history (except maybe for cartoon character George Jetson`s), grew up on a farm in bucolic southern New Mexico. There young Sam enjoyed fishing, horseback riding, picking cotton and corn -- that sort of thing. Then, when Sam was only seven years old, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The very next day his mother purchased the family`s first radio so they could listen to news coverage of the war. Shortly thereafter, little Sam decided that someday he was going to be a newsman.
He started out in radio, during his college years, doing the local news for KEPO in El Paso, Texas. After graduation Donaldson went to Los Angeles where he spent a year at USC before returning to Texas to volunteer for Dwight D. Eisenhower`s 1956 Presidential campaign. Afterward, Donaldson enlisted in the Army where he served two-and-a-half years as a second lieutenant in the artillery battalion. After his 1959 discharge from the Army, Donaldson landed a TV news job at an ABC affiliate in Dallas. He soon jumped ship to look for work in New York, eventually winding up doing the news for CBS affiliate WTOP in Washington, D.C. In 1967 he was recruited to join ABC News, where he covered the White House beat during the Carter and Reagan years.
Donaldson is one of the most highly-paid newsreaders at ABC, and also one of the 40 largest landholders in New Mexico, as he owns ranches occupying approximately 45,000 acres of Lincoln County. The livestock includes horses, goats, and hundreds of sheep. A newscaster pulling down something like $2 million a year, Donaldson feels perfectly comfortable in receiving the same federal wool subsidies as any other rancher: "If it`s in existence and I am eligible to use it, I`ll use it."
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM, BA, Texas Western College, University of Southern California
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Samuel Andrew Donaldson
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Samuel Andrew "Sam" Donaldson, Jr. (born March 11, 1934) is an American reporter and news anchor, serving with ABC News from 1967 to 2013. He is best known as the network's White House Correspondent (1977–89 and 1998–99) and as a panelist and later co-anchor of the network's Sunday program, This Week.
Journalist; television news pundit; panelist for ABC News Now
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According to our records Sam Donaldson is currently single.
He was married to Janice C. Smith from 1983 to 2012, Billie Kay Butler from 1963 to 1980 and Patricia Oates from 1954 to 1962.
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