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TVInews - The World of Sam Donaldson. His Biography, Television International Magazine and his first magazine news article, "1939", written in 1956.




































































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From the co-publisher/co-founder of TVI Magazine in 1956 -- to ABC's Legendary Newsman -- Sam Donaldson knows almost everything and anything about News reporting.




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"When Sam A. Donaldson became part of ABC's roving television correspondents, no one was sure what to expect.
His immense impact on his television audience was owed to the dynamism of his personality and the upheavals at home and abroad that marked his ability to report the news as it happened. His macho, patrician features, leonine bearing and strong, resonant voice all reflected his invincible self-assurance when he would demand -- Hold on Mr. President". Click For Sam Donaldson's First News Report, April 1956 article "1939"

Biography: Sam Donaldson
ABC News Correspondent
Sam Donaldson Date of birth: March 11, 1934
Samuel Andrew Donaldson, Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up just across the state line in Chamberino, New Mexico. His father died before he was born, leaving his mother and one older brother to run the family's cotton and dairy farm. His mother drove 25 miles every morning and night to take him to school in El Paso.
He became interested in broadcasting at an early age and, after graduating from New Mexico Military institute, majored in telecommunications at Texas Western. He immediately began working at local stations as a disc jockey, announcer and interviewer. While still in El Paso, he had his first taste of television, working as an announcer in the region's first television station.
While attending graduate school at the University of Southern California, Donaldson met publisher Al Preiss, and they both formed TELEvisionFILM Magazine. Both seeing where the international televisiion market was heading, the name was changed shortly thereafter to Television International Magazine. At that same time, an enthusiastic young Republican, Donaldson travelled to El Paso, to work for the Eisenhower campaign over the summer of 1956, arranging the El Paso stop of Vice President Nixon. This was only the first of many encounters with the nation's political leaders, but Donaldson's politics were to change dramatically over the years to come.
The following autumn, Sam Donaldson reported to Fort Bliss to fulfill his military service as an ROTC commissioned second lieutenant of air defense artillery. Although the defense cutbacks of that year shortened Donaldson's obligation to six months, he volunteered for another two years of active duty.
After receiving his honorable discharge in the spring of 1959, he settled in Dallas and found work as a television announcer at the local CBS affiliate. At 26, he was restless and ambitious and, after only a year in Dallas, left the Southwest for the first time to seek his fortune in New York City. After initial setbacks in New York, he found a job at WTOP, the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. He has lived in the Washington area ever since.
He rose through the ranks of WTOP's news department, and had just been promoted to weeknight anchorman in 1967 when he accepted an offer from ABC News. At the time, ABC's news division, chronically underfunded and understaffed, ran a distant third among the three networks. In his first decade at ABC, Donaldson's work attracted little attention, but he persisted, covering the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater, Eugene McCarthy, and Hubert Humphrey, as well as the Vietnam War and Watergate.
The turning point came in 1977, when he was assigned to cover the incoming Carter administration as ABC's Chief White House Correspondent. Donaldson's aggressive style of questioning, much assisted by his powerful speaking voice, quickly drew the attention of the public and the immense irritation of the White House staff.
Later that year, the fortunes of ABC's news operation took a precipitous turn for the better with the appointment of Roone Arledge as head of the division. Arledge, who had already revolutionized television sports coverage, brought the same hard-driving approach to the news operation. He expanded coverage, and lured distinguished news personalities from the other networks with unprecedented salary offers.
Donaldson prospered too, and the next change of administrations in Washington offered Donaldson a perfect opportunity to make an impression on the public. Although President Reagan held relatively few press conferences, Donaldson took every opportunity to press difficult questions on the new President. Television audiences became familiar with the sound of Donaldson's voice booming over the rest of the White House press corps, even over the drone of the President's helicopter, as the Chief Executive dashed across the South Lawn to escape his relentless inquisitors.
By 1981, in addition to his White House duties, Donaldson was serving as anchor of World News Sunday and taking an occasional turn as moderator of Issues and Answers, a long-running Sunday morning political discussion programs. Towards the end of 1981, a new program, This Week with David Brinkley, replaced Issues and Answers in the Sunday morning line-up. At first, Sam Donaldson only appeared on the program on a rotating basis with other correspondents, but he soon became a permanent member of the panel, questioning guests for the first half of the program and joining in the roundtable discussion with Brinkley and newspaper columnist George Will for the second half.
After the 1988 presidential campaign, Donaldson left the White House post. He continues his duties on World News Sunday and, since 1989, as a co-host of Prime Time Live. Since David Brinkley's retirement, Donaldson and Cokie Roberts have co-hosted the program, renamed This Week. Sam Donaldson lives in McLean, Virginia with his third wife, television reporter Jan Smith. He has four children from two previous marriages.
This Biography and Video Clip was last revised on Feb 04, 2005 by Achevment Academy


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By - Sam Donaldson, A reprint from TELEFILM Magazine, (Television International Magazine), dated April 1956, cover on next page.

The History of a Great
Industry is Always Interesting.

Not only is it extremely revealing from a purely factual standpoint, it is usually a graphic tribute to a handful of men who had the gift of foresight and believed in the impossible. But, history tends to become confused with time, events are all too quickly clouded if they are not recorded as they happen. TELEvisionFILM Magazine, (Television International Magazine) -- decided to trace video film back to its very beginnings. We wanted to uncover the material facts surrounding the first film series especially produced for television.
The task was not as simple as it might have been. Although TV film is thought of as being something comparatively recent the visionaries who pioneered the industry were hard at work long years ago. Any history of the first film series must also be divided into several categories. There was a first series, a first sponsored series, a first children's series, etc. In this brief account, then, we do not attempt to include all of the many names and dates involved in tv films family tree. We do sketch an accurate picture of the progress from the cradle to the point where film put on its first pair of long pants.
The year was 1939. W6XAO, one of the nation's first experimental stations, had recently gone on the air in Los Angeles with transmitting facilities atop Mt. Lee. There were only a few receiving sets, with postage stamp size screens, in its limited coverage area. Live television was getting its start, and at the same time television film was beginning also.
Patrick Michael Cunning, a young movie producer, had just made a feature film entitled Stars For Tomorrow with a cast and crew of 300 unknowns. After the premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Ray Coffin, then program director of W6XAO, congratulated Cunning on his work with these newcomers and advised him to take his troupe into television. CLICK FOR MORE "1939" STORY

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Biographical Updates and Video Clip was provided by the Academy of Achievement.
WMAL Presents Sam Donaldson on the radio! Tuesday - Saturday mornings at Midnight. With decades of experience reporting in Washington and particularly the White House, Sam Donaldson is the man for our times! Sam's interviews make news!
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