Born on 11th March 1934 in El Paso, Texas, Sam Donaldson (full name: Samuel Andrew Donaldson), is a news anchor and journalist. He is American by nationality and has been married three times. Let's have a look at his short bio below.
Donaldson grew up with his mom and older brother on a family farm in New Mexico since his father died before his birth. Donaldson's interest in broadcasting/journalism was triggered by the WWII coverage on the radio. He has had his share of ups and downs in life, and despite being a successful media personality, Donaldson has some controversies surrounding him. Having fought stage 3 cancer (melanoma), Donaldson received a much positive response from people. At the same time, it was reported by Primetime Live in 1994 that the company that had hired him for speaking at an event was involved in the monetary scandal. He was also arrested in 2012 for drunk driving.
Donaldson, 82 years of age, has been married three times. From 1954 to a certain time in his life, he was married to Patricia Oates, but we don't know when they divorced. Billie Kay Butler was his wife from 30th November 1963 to 1980, and this marriage also ended up in a divorce. He married Jan Smith in 16th April 1983, and they are together till now. Donaldson has four children so far: his affair with Patricia Oates bore him one child, and his affair with Billie Kay Butler bore him 3 children.
Donaldson was known as a very fierce and straightforward journalist in his time. In his four decades with the ABC News channel, Donaldson is mainly remembered for shouting and yelling questions towards the President. From the post of White House Correspondent, he later was the anchor of programs such as Primetime Live and World News Sunday. He won the Emmy Award four times in his career and retired from the position of ABC's full-time contributor in 2009.
Now let's rewind some known facts about Sam Donaldson, in a nutshell: In 1959, he began his career in broadcasting through KRLD-TV. He attended Texas Western College and has a Bachelor's degree. He joined ABC in 1967, and from 1977 to 1989 covered events in the White House as the Chief Correspondent for ABC. The University of Texas-El Paso has him as one of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity members. One of the things he is proud of himself is the fact that despite people calling him arrogant, braggart or worse, they'll always need him to get the job done on time.
Donaldson has been active in the news/media industry for so many years, and it is sure that he must have won many fans and followers in this long career. Even then, it is of utmost importance for every celebrity to create a virtual image and goodwill these days by interacting with their fans on social media. Surprisingly, he has no page known to us on Twitter and Instagram. But since he is famous, any news about him will be on the internet. He also has a page on the ABC news' website, and you could actually follow him on all of these websites to stay updated on what's happening in his personal as well as professional life. His net worth is $40 million.