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Sam Champion leaving ABC News for The Weather Channel

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

NEW YORK — “Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion is leaving ABC News to join The Weather Channel.

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Champion will anchor the network’s new flagship morning show, which is set to debut in early 2014, The Weather Channel president David Clark said Monday.

Based at The Weather Channel headquarters in Atlanta, Champion will also assume managing editor responsibilities at the network.

“With his commitment to understanding, predicting and explaining the power of weather in our lives, Sam perfectly embodies The Weather Channel brand’s philosophy, ‘It’s Amazing Out There,’” Clark said.

Champion called his new post “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to do what I love most at a network that lives and breathes the weather.”

His last day on “GMA” is Wednesday. He had been on that program since 2006, and joined ABC-owned local New York station WABC in 1988.

“For 25 years, Sam has been a vital member of the ABC News family,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood in announcing Champion’s departure.

Champion, who is openly gay, married artist Rubem Robierb last December.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. ITZ GONNA B A FIERCE WINTER!!!! U GO BOY!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:07pm
  2. congrat’s best wishes

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:08pm
  3. I wake up to his healthy laughter. You really are cool Sam Champion.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:12pm
  4. Ahhhhh … We’re going to miss you!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:14pm
  5. ABC cancelled All MY Children and One Life to Live now hes going. ABC daytime isnt worth watching

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:16pm
  6. So very happy for him! We will certainly miss watching him on GMA.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:19pm
  7. Great, now I can finally watch GMA

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:25pm
  8. Best wishes ….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:25pm
  9. Yay i love the weather channel

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:26pm
  10. Your going to be missed Sam !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:34pm
  11. Good luck

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:47pm
  12. NOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:51pm
  13. Sad :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 4:52pm
  14. we will miss you :)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:20pm
  15. Good 4 him, He needs to share his wealth with all of us! ;-) I’m excited for him so much! ;-) Go Forward, young man! ;-)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:04pm
  16. Love him!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:19pm
  17. Boo!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:55pm
  18. Gonna miss you, Sam. Best of Luck to you!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:02pm
  19. Happy for him…he will be missed.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:47pm
  20. Will miss you on GMA. You have a wonderful opportunity for a great job with the Weather Channel. Best of everything to you in your next chapter of your life.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:57pm
  21. The only reason I watch Good Morning America is his refreshing smile and laughter

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:05pm
  22. Beat wishes and I’ll be watching more weather channel

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:06pm
  23. People still watch The Weather Channel?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:36pm