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Born: March 11, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: El Paso, Texas, USA Profession: Costume-Wardrobe ...
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1956:
Served in U.S. Army; rose to rank of captain
1959:
Worked as mutual fund salesperson
1959:
Broke into broadcasting as a general announcer at KRLD-TV in Dallas, TX
1961:
Was TV news reporter, WTOP-TV in Washington, DC; became news anchor
1967:
Joined ABC News as Washington news reporter
1973:
Served as ABC's chief Watergate correspondent
1976:
Was White House correspondent for ABC News during Carter and Reagan administrations
1979:
Anchored ABC Sunday evening news
1981:
Regularly contributed to "This Week With David Brinkley" (ABC)
1989:
Co-hosted ABC's "Primetime Live" with Diane Sawyer
1996:
Named as co-host with Cokie Roberts of "This Week" (ABC); show eventually renamed "This Week With Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts"; Robert announced departure fall 2002
1998:
Re-assigned to duties as White House correspondent
1999:
Underwent throat surgery to remove a benign polyp
1999:
Stepped down as ABC News' White House correspondent (announcement made August 31)
1999:
Announced signing of multiyear contract with ABC News, which called for him to serve as substitute anchor of "20/20" and to launch an Internet-only news program to run three times per week on ABCNews.com
2001:
Appeared in documentary " Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years"
2009:
Retired from full-time work with ABC News

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