Sam Donaldson cuts back on ABC News duties

Veteran journalist will segue into part-time work at net

NEW YORK -- Longtime ABC News veteran correspondent Sam Donaldson is easing quietly into part-time work, unlike the shouting that he sometimes did as the network's chief White House correspondent in the 1970s and '80s.

The 74-year-old journalist is leaving full-time work at the network later this month. It's not exactly retirement but instead what Donaldson terms "cutting back." He told the Washington Post, which broke the story, that he didn't ask for a new contract when his last one came due late last year.

Donaldson was chief White House correspondent for the network from 1977-89, spanning the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He made his name for his reporting of the Carter and Reagan administrations as well as his yelling of questions to Reagan when the president left the White House.

In recent years, he has hosted programs on and ABC News's ABC News Now. Previously, he was a panelist and co-moderator of "This Week" as well as co-host of the newsmagazine "Primetime." He began his career in Washington in the early 1960s and started working at ABC News in 1967.