Sam Donaldson Wife, Divorce, Death or Alive, Cancer, Health, Bio

By Staff Writer | Published On: 27 May, 2017
Sam Donaldson Wife, Divorce, Death or Alive, Cancer, Health, Bio

Quick Information

Date of Birth March 11, 1934 Age 87 Years 4 Month(s)
Nationality American Profession Former Reporter, News Anchor
Marital Status Married Wife/Spouse Sandra Martorelli Donaldson (m. 2014), Jan Smith (m. 1983–2014), Billie Kay Butler (m. 1963–1980), Patricia Oates (m. 1954–1963)
Divorced Yes (Thrice) Gay/Lesbian No
Net Worth $40 Million Ethnicity White
Children/Kids Samuel Donaldson III, Thomas Donaldson & Robert Donaldson (Sons), Jennifer Donaldson (Daughter) Height N/A
Education New Mexico Military Institute, The University of Texas at El Paso Parents Samuel Donaldson (Father), Chloe Donaldson (Mother)
Siblings Tom Donaldson (Brother)

Lots of people must remember the ‘has been’ incident that took place in the August of 2006 between the president and this person. If not, Sam Donaldson is a former news reporter and news anchor who had a brief confrontation with then-President George W. Bush with a very catchy line. His best work came as the White House correspondent for ABC and a panelist along with a job of a co-anchor for This Week. He is a winner of many awards including four Emmy Awards.

How was His Career in Journalism?

Sam began his career as an artillery officer in the United States Army where he progressed to the rank of a captain. He then joined the KRLD-TV opening him the way to WTOP-TV and covered both local and national stories there. After a brief time on the network, he acceded to the ABC News becoming a Washington correspondent and reported on two major party political conventions.

His career only began to flourish from here and became involved in much significant news reporting. He also served as an anchor regularly scheduled U.S. news broadcast on the Internet as well as ABC News Now "Politics Live" show. The readers of Washington magazine voted him as the best White House Correspondent.

Sam Donaldson’s Net Worth and Salary:

He is one of the longest-serving hosts for the ABC News Network. He amassed a staggering net worth of $40 million dollars during the long stint of his occupation.

He became one of the most prominent reporters at the peak of his career as he covered all the major party political conventions in the country.

Although he also became embroiled some controversy, it didn’t affect his career and continued to serve the network. He is also a host to some major news programs like Primetime Live, 20/20, and World News Sunday.

How’s Sam’s Married Life?                                       

The journalist had to go through different turns and tides in the course of his career. His reputation comes with a lot of hard work and altercations with high profile personalities of the country. His personal life and relationships weren’t that complicated but had to get married multiple times to find the perfect match.

His first marriage was with Patricia Oates with whom he has a son named Michael. He married Billie Kay Butler, his second wife 1963. The couple has three children together Jennifer, Thomas, and Robert. They ended their relationship in 1980. He then married his third wife Jan Smith in 1982. The couple stayed together for more than 30 years before deciding to part their ways in 2014.

Although the couple was in a relationship for such a long time, they didn’t have any children together. He started a relationship with Sandra Martorelli before his divorce with Jan and continued to live with her at the moment.

Short Bio:

As per the wiki, Sam Donaldson currently aged 83 was born on 11th March 1934 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. He was born to parents Chloe and Samuel Donaldson. In 1995, he had to remove a melanoma from the lymph node to treat for cancer. He survived the ordeal and has been an active promoter for fights against the disease. The long absence from media and television had people suspect of his death, but he is alive and doing well now. The American National belongs to white ethnicity. Other than mild illness, the retired journalist still maintains a healthy body and enjoy his life.