Sam Donaldson Bio, Age, Height, Family, Career, Net worth, Wife, Alive, Kids

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Sam Donaldson Biography

Sam Donaldson( Samuel Andrew Donaldson) is an American former reporter and news anchor serving with ABC News from 1967 to 2009. However, he is famous as the network’s White House correspondent and as a panelist. Later a co-anchor of the network’s Sunday program namely This Week.

Sam Donaldson Age

Born in the year 1934 in El Paso, Texas in the United States on the 11th of March. Currently, he is at the age of 88 years old as of the year 2022.

Sam Donaldson Height

Apparently, he appears to be a man of a tall stature even on his appearance. Currently, he is standing at a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall

Sam Donaldson Weight

However, he is weighing a total of 73 kilograms. Therefore he is a man of moderate weight and likes to maintain it at that level even in his old age.

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Sam Donaldson Family

So, having been in Texas he is, therefore, an American citizen by birth. Regardless, he is the son of Chloe a school teacher, and Samuel Donaldson a farmer. He grew up on the farm in Chamberino New Mexico, which his father had bought in the year 1910. This was actually two years before New Mexico was admitted to the Union.

Sam Donaldson Education

However, he attended New Mexico Military Institute and Texas Western College. So, that is where he served as station manager of KTEP the campus radio station, and joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Afterward, he went to the University of Texas at El Paso to major in journalism.

Sam Donaldson Career

First, he served on active duty as an artillery officer in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. While on active duty 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. However, it was detonated three thousand yards away from the slit trench protecting the observers.

Eventually, he was hired by ABC News as a Washington correspondent in October 1967. So, he covered the two major party political conventions and began anchoring the network’s 11:00 pm Saturday and Sunday newscasts. Regardless, he covered the Vietnam War for ABC News. Moreover, he was ABC’s chief Watergate correspondent, covering the trial of the Watergate burglars, and the Senate Watergate hearings.

Apart from that he also covered Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign and became the network’s White House Correspondent from January 1977  to 1989. Additionally, he anchored the ABC Sunday Evening News from its inception in 1979 until August 1989. He also co-anchored the network’s magazine program Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer from 1989 to 1999. Afterward in later years, hosted the ABC News Now “Politics Live” broadcast.

Sam Donaldson’s Net worth

Despite his old age, he is still on the top list of rich journalists in America. Currently, he has an estimated net worth of around $50 million according to research and the amount has accrued from his hard work.


Currently, we are not sure if he is still earning some cash. Even though in the late 1980s he earned roughly $1 to 2 million per year from ABC. In the early 2000s, he was earning $ 4 to 5 million per year.


Previously, he was with Jan Smith but unfortunately, the marriage ended in the year 2014 after a divorce. However, he has four children from previous marriages, Samuel III, Jennifer, Thomas, and Robert Donaldson. Currently, he is in marriage to Sandra Martorelli Donaldson since the year 2014 in December. They live together in Albuquerque, New Mexico.