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ABC News' Sam Donaldson announces his retirement

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2009 12:01PM
Sam DonaldsonOne of the most recognizable figures in ABC News is saying goodbye to the daily grind. In his time with the network, Sam Donaldson has done it all, investigative reporter, anchor, host, talking head, and always with a distinctive, pugnacious style. After four decades at the job, ABC's Sam Donaldson is retiring.

He will be missed, especially at the network. Anchorman Charles Gibson acknowledged as much when he told the Washington Post that Donaldson's retirement "really is a loss of the bedrock" for ABC. These days, the big three have struggled to maintain their dominance in the news business with cable outlets offering so much blanket coverage compared to the nets. Sam Donaldson has been synonymous with ABC. He can't help but be missed. To this day, I think Ted Koppell is missed as well.

Donaldson was the White House Correspondent for ABC News during the presidential administrations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and he was known for being bellicose and forceful. When President Reagan would feign not being able to hear, it was Sam who would call out the loudest and force the prez to react. He wrote a bestseller about his experiences called best-selling "Hold On, Mr. President," primarily because in press conferences with all three presidents, Donaldson was famous for being tough and determined. I vividly recall his hectoring Bill Clinton, especially during the Lewinsky situation.

Sam is a four-time Emmy award winner, and will continue jousting with George Will and Cokie Roberts on This Week on a somewhat irregular basis -- once a month or so -- and he may continue appearing on ABC's Politics Live on ABC's digital and web channel.

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Bill

I wish Him well... this blithering lap - dog for the ABC liberal machine. I'm sure he has a secure retirerment and a beautiful home. He probably has a heated toilet seat and heated floors in his bathroom so he never has to feel anything like the rest of us do. There is always a different standard for those of his ilk. .... No actual talent or actual opinion or the testicular fortitude to have one. God Bless Him and I hope he enjoys the comfort he has earned. Meanwhile... we have reality of a government gone Obama....

God Help Us,

Bill

February 21 2009 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jacklk@verizon.net

Its about time this idiot went away

February 17 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bill

Hi Jack! IMHO you would be better served by being a little more cerebral in your comment, - you can say what you mean and be seen as smart by saying what you mean and sticking to the facts. I feel as you do but I give a comment that bears witness to facts and relies less on emotion. Just a thought......

Best Wishes,

Bill

February 21 2009 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Europa

I thought he had already retired. :-/
I wonder if that bad rug of his will be retired too.

February 17 2009 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jacklk@verizon.net

It's about time this idiot went away.

February 17 2009 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

I'm Morley Safer, I'm Lesley Stahl, ..., and I'm Sam Donaldson, and this is "60 Minutes" (aka where old network reporters go to retire.)

February 16 2009 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Porchland

ABC News needs to term out the rest of the ancients. If they got rid of Cokie Roberts and George Will, "This Week" might actually be watchable again.

"Meet the Press" has been fantastic since David Gregory took over, and a big reason is younger, newer panelists.

February 16 2009 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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