Sam Champion a.k.a. Samuel James is the weather anchor of Good Morning America (GMA) of ABC and the weather editor of ABC News.
Champion was born to Sylvia and James H. Champion on August 13, 1961 in Paducah, Kentucky. He graduated his B.A. in broadcast news from Eastern Kentucky University. During his time in university, he worked as an intern at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky.
Champion is a veteran of ABC News and WABC-TV. Currently, he is forecasts weather for GMA, making an annual salary of $1.5 million. He appeared with Diane Sawyer on a segment of World News on January 4, 2010. As a debut, he hosted for Sea Rescue, an educational and informational program in Litton’s Weekend Adventure on April 7, 2012.
He worked at WPSD_TV in Paducah, Kentucky and WCWJ in Jacksonville, Florida. GMA made an announcement in August 2006 that Champion was named to his current positions with ABC news and GMA, effective from September 5, 2006. Champion was occasionally seen on WABC-TV’s daily talk show Live! With Kelly and Michael and CNN’s Larry King Live. Usually, his first line during his 30-second weather forecast is “Let’s get on the boards.” While forecasting weather for local ABC stations, he uses his catchphrase “That’s the weather around the nation. Here’s what you can expect this morning.”
Champion was active in many charitable organizations in New York City area. He was mentioned in Dame Edna Everage’s humorous song about her fictional (gay) son, the song Friends of Kenny. A New York Indie rock band was named after him. He was reported to have homosexual relationship with Mike Piazzas by The Wall Street Journal in 2000 which Piazza denied in 2002. In 2012, Champion married artist Rubem Robierb, his partner/boyfriend of many years. His gay marriage was repeated celebrated by ABC News.