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Sam Donaldson Biography

Updated On 01 Mar, 2019 Published On 12 Jul, 2015
Sam Donaldson

Facts of Sam Donaldson

Date of Birth :
Age : 90 years old
Family Name : Donaldson
Birth Country : United States
Birth Sign : Pisces

Relationship short Statistics of Sam Donaldson

What is Sam Donaldson marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Divorce
How many children does Sam Donaldson have ? (name): 4 Children
Is Sam Donaldson having any relationship affair ?: No
Is Sam Donaldson Gay ? No

Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr, aka "Sam Donaldson" is a journalist and news anchor currently working at ABC News. He received the 1989 Broadcaster of the Year award from the National Press Foundation. In 1959, he began his broadcasting career at KRLD-TV, Dallas. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas Western College. He was born to Chloe, a school teacher, and Samuel Donaldson, a farmer.

Talking about his personal life, till date he has been married thrice. He has divorced all three wives and currently,  Sam is single. He has four children: one from the first marriage and three from the second marriage. He ended up his third marriage with no kids. Despite that, there is no record of his affairs. Controversy arose when he got arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Later all the charges were dropped due to not having probable cause for the arrest.

Early Life 

Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr was born on March 11, 1934,  to Chloe, a school teacher, and Samuel Donaldson, a farmer. Though he was born in EI Paso, he was raised in Chamberio, New Mexico. 

He is best known as the former network's White House Correspondent and as a co-anchor of This Week.

Early Education and Career

Sam joined New Mexico Military Institute as well as attends Texas Western College (now known as University of Texas at El Paso) where he worked as station manager, the campus radio station. Later he joined Kappa Sigma fraternity.


Donaldson began his career as an artillery officer in the United States Army where he served from 1956 to 1959. 

Following his military service, later he was hired by KRLD-TV. In 1961, he joined WTOP-TV and covered both local and national stories.

ABC News

On October 1967, he joined ABC News as a Washington correspondent. He reported many significant events;  Vietnam War and the Watergate hearings. He also covered the presidential campaigns of George McGovern in 1972 and Jimmy Carter in 1976.

He was honored with many prestigious awards such as; Emmy's for four times, three Peabodys, Edward R. Murrow Award, Paul White Award and many more.

Personal Life

Currently, Sam Donaldson is possibly single at the moment but it doesn't mean he never had in a relationship. He was previously married for three times. 

He has been married to Sandra Martorelli Donaldson in 2014 but due to some personal issue, the couple had divorced in the same year. They used to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Sam fathered four children; Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer, Thomas and Robert Donaldson from his two marriage,  one from the first marriage and three from the second marriage. 

In 2012, after being together for almost 30 years, Donaldson separated from his wife Jan, a former television reporter.

Net Worth

Sam has earned a massive net worth from his journalism and military career as he succeeded to made $40 million. He is considered as one of the richest media personality. Despite this, he is living a lavishing life with his children.  

Sam Donaldson Married

First Marriage with Patricia Oates

She is the first wife of Sam whose personal details are still unknown. She gave birth to a kid with her husband.

Second Marriage with Billie Kay Butler

She is the second wife of Sam who gave birth to three children. Personal details about her has not been disclosed yet.

Third Marriage with Jan Smith

She is a journalist, television reporter. The couple ended up their thirty years of marital relation.

Sam Donaldson Children

SON : Samuel Donaldson III

Mother: Unknown

He was born healthy. Detail about his birthday and his mother are still unknown.

DAUGHTER : Jennifer

Mother: Unknown

She was born safe and sound. Her current status is unknown.

SON : Thomas

Mother: Unknown

Details about his birthday is unknown. He was born safe and sound.

SON : Robert Donaldson.

Mother: Unknown

He was born healthy. His current status and other details are still unknown.

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