Media personality and television host, SamChampion is recognized for his expertise in the field of weather forecasting. During his career spanning more than three decades, he was a marquee weatherman for some of the major television networks in the United States. He spent most of his long career with the ABC Network on WABC-TV and also on Good Morning America. He also worked for The Weather Channel, where he was an editor and anchor on shows like AMHQ: America’s Headquarters and 23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion. The multi-award-winning weather anchor also worked for NBC.
Biography of Sam Champion
He was born Samuel James Champion in 1961 on August 13. He was born in the town of Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky. There is not much information about his mother Sylvia, however, his father, James H. Champion, is said to have been a US Marine who served in the Vietnam War. Sam grew up alongside a brother, a sister named Teresa. For his high school education, he attended Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia, where he graduated in 1979.
Sam Champion was college educated at Eastern University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast News. During his undergraduate studies, he had the opportunity to intern at a local television station, WKYT-TV, in Lexington, Kentucky. His first job after graduating was at WPSD-TV, located in his hometown of Paducah, Kentucky. His next job was with WJKS, based in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 1988, he was hired as a weatherman on WABC-TV, a flagship ABC station in New York. This marked the start of a very successful 18-year period in which he easily became the most watched meteorologist in the region. He joined ABC Good Morning America and ABC News in August 2006, which allowed him to extend his tenure with the network for another seven years.
During his time with the ABC network, Champion also appeared on other popular talk shows like Live with Kelly and Ryan on WABC-TV and Larry King Live on CNN. He was eventually replaced by Ginger Zee on Good Morning America when he left the network in December 2013.
Sam Champion joined The Weather Channel in January 2014. Apart from his role as the channel’s editor, he also co-anchored the morning show. AMHQ: America’s Headquarters alongside Mike Bettes and Maria LaRosa. His duties as co-host lasted from March 2014 when the show debuted until September 2015. He began contributing to primetime programs on The Weather Channel after his release from AMHQ
In March 2016, Champion was featured on his late night talk show titled 23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion on the Weather Channel. He hosted several episodes of the series until December 2016, when his contract with the channel expired. He then left Weather Channel as his contract was not renewed.
Is Sam Champion gay, who is the husband?
Sam Champion is an openly gay man and has been married for several years. He got married to Rubem Robierb on December 21, 2012, after several years together. Both are known to be very active LGBT activists. Robierb is a Brazilian visual artist.
Sam Champion’s net worth stands at a whopping $10 million. Apparently, the veteran weather-years presenter has enjoyed sky-high paychecks during his long and distinguished career. He reportedly earned up to $1.5 million a year during his time at ABC. Hello America
Where is he now?
Sam Champion was unable to grab a mainstream television hosting role soon after leaving The Weather Channel. This certainly contrasted with his previous experiences of changing jobs. However, he reported that the 2017 hurricane season for NBC News and MSNBC led to speculation that he might join NBC. In February 2018, he then returned to his former employer’s ABC network, where he served as a backup weather forecaster on Good Morning America. Given his level of expertise and immense professional experience, it’s only a matter of time before he returns to television.