March 29, 2000 Geneva, NY – Anyone who has ever watched the news knows Sam Donaldson. A 30-year veteran of ABC News, Donaldson has covered the news in the nation's capital for many years and co-hosted several news magazine programs. On Tuesday, April 4, Donaldson will visit the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges as part of President Gearan's President's Forum series, to give a presentation titled “A View From Washington.”
The presentation, which is open to the public, will be at 12:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus.
Donaldson is probably best known as ABC News White House correspondent, a position he has held on and off for much of his career. He joined the ABC News staff in 1967 as Capitol Hill correspondent and served as the Chief White House correspondent from 1977-1989.
Since the premier of Prime Time Live (which he co-anchors with Diane Sawyer) in 1989, Donaldson has covered many major news events, reported on a wide range of topics, and interviewed most of the most powerful men and women in the country and around the world.
Currently Donaldson serves again as Chief White House Correspondent alongside his co-anchor duties on Prime Time Live and the Sunday morning broadcast This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.
During the recent season, Donaldson co-anchored a special edition of Prime Time Live with Judd Rose, in which the two shared their personal experiences with cancer; conducted an exclusive interview with Dick Morris, President Clinton's ex-political advisor; and interviewed Major Brenda L. Hoster, who accused the U.S. Army's top-ranking enlisted soldier of sexual assault.
A good number of students will have an opportunity to have a conversation with Donaldson before his address, as he will meet with several classes together for an informal talk and question-and-answer session.
Donaldson is the fourth speaker in the President's Forum series. Members of the campus community and the community at large can look forward to future visits by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) (April 25) and Washington D.C. political writer and humorist Mark Katz (May 9).