As one of the nation’s favorite weather anchors, Sam Champion has built a reputation for trustworthy reporting earning him millions of dedicated viewers. Since joining The Weather Channel in early 2014, he is currently co-anchoring America’s Morning Headquarters with Sam Champion and serving as the channel’s managing editor. Champion previously spent seven years as the meteorologist of ABC’s Good Morning America.
While with GMA Champion frequently travelled to weather-related stories around the country and the globe. He reported from the frontlines of wildfires in California; from the scene of hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana; and from winter storm systems in Denver, Chicago, and Boston.
Champion is also at the forefront of reporting on the environment and climate change. He reported several times from Louisiana on the Deep Water Horizon oil spill which included a dive in the Gulf of Mexico to show what’s happening under the water. In 2007, he traveled to Paris for the release of a groundbreaking report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Champion has also played a key role in the network’s Earth Day reporting.
He also hosted three seasons of Sea Rescue, a half-hour weekly television series broadcasted nationally on Saturday mornings. The program features amazing stories of the rescue, rehabilitation, and return to the wild of marine animals by a team of dedicated veterinarians, animal care experts, animal science researchers and government authorities.
In August 2009, Champion anchored his first 20/20 special, “Blown Away: Twisted Terror,” which chronicled the tornado that devastated Parkersburg, Iowa in 2008.
Before joining ABC News in September 2006, Champion spent 18 years at WABC-TV in New York where he was the most-watched weatherman in the tri-state area. Prior to joining WABC-TV, Champion was a weekend weather anchor and news reporter at WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY. Champion began his career in broadcast news as an intern at WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY., while attending college.
In September 2010, Champion was awarded by the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program for his work in raising awareness on the importance of getting tested for skin cancer. A few months prior, he underwent MOHS skin cancer removal surgery live on Good Morning America.
Champion graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news. He is involved in many charities in the New York City area, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He resides in New York City.