Sam Donaldson Biography

Updated On Jul 31, 2019 Published On Dec 20, 2016
Facts of Sam Donaldson
Date of Birth: 1934 , March-11
Birth Nation: United States
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Sam was married to Jan, a former television reporter for 30 years until they decided to get separated on 2012 with a divorce action. They had four children  Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer, Thomas and Robert Donaldson. In 2014, he was married to his wife Sandra Martorelli Donaldson 

In 1961, Sam Donaldson earned his first job as a Reporter and an Anchor for WTOP-TV, Washington, D.C. He continued working there until 1967.

Sam was the anchor for 20/20 since 1998.He started his show  The Sam Donaldson Show -- Live in America host since October 2001. In 2004 May he became an anchor for "Politics Live". Again in October 2013, he retired from the ABC news at the age of 79.

In 2016, Sam's net worth is U.S $ 40 million. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is white.


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Sam was born

March 11 , 1934

Sam Donaldson was born on March 11, 1934, in Texas, US. He was born to a farmer, Samuel and a school teacher Chloe (née Hampson). He has an older brother named Tom. Sam graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a degree in telecommunications.

Got his job as an anchor


In 1961, Sam Donaldson started working as a Reporter and an Anchor in WTOP-TV, Washington, D.C. Sam Donaldson continued working for WTOP-TV until 1967. WTOP is a famous news channel which gives the latest news, traffic and weather reports to the general public. The company was founded in 1946.

Anchor for 20/20


Sam was the anchor for 20/20 since 1998 and Donaldson worked there for two years as the host for the show until 2000. 20/20  was a famous American television show which includes insightful interviews with notable figures from the worlds of news, politics, and entertainment, hosted by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. 

The Sam Donaldson Show


The Sam Donaldson Show -- Live in America aired for the first time in October 2001. He hosted the show till May 2004. This show was a daily talk radio program that was broadcasted on ABC News Radio affiliates across the country. The show tackled the day's top stories and important issues.

Sam divorced his wife .


Sam Donaldson was married to Jan, who is also a former television reporter. The couple was together for 30 years. The former couple was seen happily married to everyone until they announced their official divorce on separated 2012. The couples have four children together named Samuel Donaldson III, Jennifer, Thomas and Robert Donaldson. 

Retired from ABC news


In October 2013,  Sam retired from the ABC news. He served the company since 1967 till 2013. Donaldson has covered every major party political convention to the present  He also hosted the ABC News Now "Politics Live" broadcast in 2004.

Sam married Sandra Matorelli


In 2014, Sam tied his knot with once again. Sam married Sandra Martorelli Donaldson. The basic reason behind his second wedding is considered to be his old age. As he was getting old he is said to have brought someone to look after in his old age. The couple married in December and they live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sam Donaldson is retired


Sam is a retired an American reporter and news anchor . He is of 82 years old and has a net worth of $40 million . He lives with his wife in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He does not have any child with Sandra .