In a major surprise, award winning weatherman Sam Champion is leaving ABC's "Good Morning America" show to accept a major new position at the Weather Channel. Champion has been a morning fixture for years and has been one of the key anchors in the morning show.
Champion has been at the network in either local or national news for over twenty-five years.
Champion will move to a Weather Channel Morning Show set to launch in 2014 and also have the title of Managing Editor for the Atlanta based network.
The Capitol Weather Gang reports:
TWC’s acquisiton of Champion, who spent 25 years at ABC, fits an apparent strategy to dominate the universe of weather news and information in the U.S. With Champion joining Al Roker on TWC’s talent roster, it boasts two of the top nationally-known weather personalities in its morning line-up. Roker co-hosts a program on The Weather Channel (Waking up with Al) while also anchoring weather and features on the Today Show on NBC.
In addition to bringing on-board big name personalities, The Weather Channel has made news in the last two years by acquiring weather information companies including Weather Underground and Weather Central.
Champion is a local product having graduated from Fairfax High School in northern Virginia, in 1979. He does not hold a degree a meteorology but possesses decades of experience in covering weather.
Champion recently took as his husband Rubem Robierb.