PULLMAN, Wash.–Sam Donaldson, co-anchor of ABC News programs “Prime Time Live” and “This Week,” will present the Edward R. Murrow Symposium Lecture Thursday, April 24, at Washington State University.
Donaldson’s presentation, “Views From Washington,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.
The lecture is the highlight of a two-day symposium program that includes class visits by members of the Murrow School of Communication Advisory Board, an awards dinner recognizing student scholars, a career fair and the board’s spring meeting.
Donaldson will be the first recipient of the school’s Edward R. Murrow Award, given to an individual or organization that best exemplifies the professional ideals of Murrow through service and/or performance.
A Texas native, Donaldson began his broadcasting career in Dallas in 1959 after earning a degree from Texas Western College and graduate work at the University of Southern California.
Since joining ABC News in 1967 as Capitol Hill correspondent, he has covered many major news stories, including the Vietnam War, Watergate and the House Judiciary Committee impeachment investigation in 1974.
He has won three Emmy awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. “The Washington Journalism Review” named him the Best Television White House Correspondent in the Business in 1985, and the Best Television Correspondent in the Business from 1986 through 1989.
Donaldson has covered every national political convention since 1964, except the 1992 Republican convention, and reported on most of the presidential campaigns since that time. His 1987 autobiography, “Hold On, Mr. President,” was a best-seller.
A regular panelist on the ABC News program “This Week with David Brinkley” since its inception in 1981, he was named co-anchor with Cokie Roberts, of the program “This Week” in November.
Donaldson has covered a wide range of breaking news events as a co-anchor of “Prime Time Live” since 1989. He is known for his hard-hitting interviews and investigation into mismanagement, fraud and waste by the federal government.