Sam Champion leaving ABC News for The Weather Channel

Sam Champion leaving ABC News for The Weather Channel

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

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Sam Champion

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.

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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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