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December 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hold on, Mr. Donaldson! Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson was arrested on suspicion of DUI early this month, according to a Delaware radio station. Donaldson, 78, was pulled over Dec. 1, a Saturday, after driving onto the shoulder in Lewes, Del., police told Delaware 105.9 on Wednesday. The ABC stalwart and current contributor failed a field sobriety test and was charged and "released to an adult pending his appearance in court," TMZ said . Donaldson was reportedly cooperative as it all went down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hold on, Mr. Donaldson! Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson was arrested on suspicion of DUI early this month, according to a Delaware radio station. Donaldson, 78, was pulled over Dec. 1, a Saturday, after driving onto the shoulder in Lewes, Del., police told Delaware 105.9 on Wednesday. The ABC stalwart and current contributor failed a field sobriety test and was charged and "released to an adult pending his appearance in court," TMZ said . Donaldson was reportedly cooperative as it all went down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1989 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
About ABC News' new "PrimeTime Live" series: It will, as the title suggests, be broadcast live, it will be co-anchored by Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer and, in a departure from weekly network newscast tradition, it will have a studio audience. But there won't be re-creations of news stories, dramatizations that to a certain extent will be utilized in a new NBC News program, "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow," and in CBS News' revamped "West 57th."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen
MSNBC is looking to shake up its schedule again. The cable news network already has a deal for a new show hosted by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and Tuesday, ABC News gave former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson permission to talk to MSNBC about a prime-time program.
NEWS
January 13, 1988 | Reuters
Reporters who called a White House recording to learn President Reagan's schedule today were surprised to hear television newsman Sam Donaldson give the details. Asked why she let the aggressive ABC White House correspondent make the recording, which is provided daily on a private line as a service to the news media, White House press assistant Liz Murphy, who normally handles the chore, said it was a "spur of the moment" thing.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1996 | PAUL KARON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Veteran ABC-TV news correspondent Sam Donaldson has long been one of the most intelligent and pungent presences in broadcast journalism--one of a handful of television reporters whose image and voice are woven irrevocably into a generation's memory of national and international events. After 40 years in the business, 35 of them in the nation's capital, Donaldson now co-anchors the weekly show "PrimeTime Live" and is a regular guest on "This Week With David Brinkley."
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Sam Donaldson is not only one of the best-known TV news reporters--he was chief White House correspondent for ABC during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton--he's also the only one to have a regular, Internet-only Webcast. Three times a week, Donaldson hosts a 30-minute interview show, during which he explores news, entertainment and occasional technology topics, at http://www.abcnews.com.
BOOKS
March 22, 1987 | Robert Shogan, Shogan covers national politics for The Times' Washington bureau
When word got out that Jimmy Carter had called Lyndon Johnson a liar in his notorious 1976 Playboy interview, candidate Carter had the misfortune to be campaigning in Johnson's native state of Texas--and the equal misfortune to be covered by ABC television's brash and intrepid Sam Donaldson.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 1989
I hope ratings someday don't allow a Pee-wee Herman to take over for a Sam Donaldson. LARRY GROSSMAN Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
New Pact: Sam Donaldson reached a new contract agreement with ABC over the weekend after several weeks of negotiations. ABC spokeswoman Terry Everett would not disclose the terms of the agreement, but said it was "mutually beneficial to everyone" involved. She said Donaldson will continue in his present roles at the network--as co-anchor of "PrimeTime Live" with Diane Sawyer and as a panelist on "This Week With David Brinkley."
NEWS
February 22, 2001
Sam Donaldson is not only one of the best-known TV news reporters--he was chief White House correspondent for ABC during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton--he's also the only one to have a regular, Internet-only Webcast. Three times a week, Donaldson hosts a 30-minute interview show, during which he explores news, entertainment and occasional technology topics, at http://www.abcnews.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
Sam Donaldson developed his reputation as an ABC News correspondent through his brash interviewing style--barking impertinent questions at then-President Ronald Reagan or guests on ABC's Sunday discussion show "This Week." These days, however, provided barely enough time to conjure up more than a low growl within limited network coverage of the political conventions, Donaldson has found a venue to let loose his full voice--albeit in the still-fledgling realm of cyberspace. In L.A.
NEWS
January 17, 2000
Did Booth Moore sleep through the last century? Her Jan. 5 reference ("ABCNews.com Has Discovered [Gasp!] Women") to wanting to chat on-line with "foxy" Matt Lauer instead of Sam Donaldson because of his "Spock-like" looks reeks of Bimboism at its worst. How can a journalist even intimate that beauty wins over brains? If she had referred to Donaldson as a pompous air bag that's one thing. But to perpetuate the Bimbo Effect is unconscionable. Wake up, Booth, or you may be replaced by Angelyne.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1999 | VERNE GAY, NEWSDAY
Poor Sam. He's got this problem and--considering that he's the star of " samdonaldson@abcnews.com"--it is certainly a perversely ironic one. Try as he might, Sam Donaldson can't figure out how to get his own Web show on his home computer. So his son and a friend are coming over to fix it one of these days. Make no mistake, though. Donaldson is unperturbed by this setback. Did Lewis and Clark turn back at the Rockies? Did Columbus tremble before the wide Atlantic?
BUSINESS
September 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Viewers who tuned in to ABC's first Internet news broadcast to chat electronically with anchor Sam Donaldson had more than their names and comments posted at the Web site for the world to see. ABC also disclosed the unique four-numbered Internet address for each person who wrote a comment Monday, a decision that helps anyone trace a viewer's real-world identity.
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October 16, 1998 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
ABC-TV newsman Sam Donaldson predicted to a group of the nation's newspaper editors Thursday that President Clinton will resign because public opinion will turn against him. Donaldson admitted he doesn't have a good record in such predictions, though. Shortly after the Monica Lewinsky story broke earlier this year, he said Clinton would resign, maybe in days, if the accusations were true. "How naive. How dumb," he said of his statement in January.
NEWS
March 20, 1995 | Associated Press
ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, who owns a sheep ranch in New Mexico, was criticized by New York's Republican senator for receiving thousands of dollars in farm subsidies. Donaldson said that he dislikes the subsidy system but that it's part of staying competitive in the sheep business. In a Senate speech Friday, Sen. Alfonse D'Amato read from a Wall Street Journal article that Donaldson was the third-largest recipient of wool and mohair payments in Lincoln County, N.M.
NEWS
January 31, 1988 | Associated Press
Jesse Jackson won't be the next President, primarily because America is not ready to elect a black to the nation's highest office, says Sam Donaldson, ABC chief White House correspondent. During a news conference before a Thursday dinner speech, Donaldson said he was not making a racist statement and did not want to be compared to Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder, who was fired by CBS for comments about black athletes. "Jackson will not be elected primarily because he is black," Donaldson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1998 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On his first morning back covering the White House for ABC News, Sam Donaldson and entourage were in full stride to a stand-up on the north lawn Monday when the 63-year-old newsman noticed a blue Lincoln idling near the West Wing entrance. "Who ya with?" Donaldson beckoned the driver, while his young producer urged him to get ready for a live spot on "Good Morning America." "Secretary of the Treasury," came the answer. "Rubin? Bob Rubin!"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1998 | JANE HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to boost the ratings for ABC's "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings," two of the network's veteran anchors will return to the newscast as correspondents. Sam Donaldson, ABC's White House correspondent from 1977 until 1989, will return to that beat, replacing John Donvan, and Cokie Roberts will appear several times per week in an expanded role as the network's chief congressional analyst.
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