Who is Sam Champion?
Samuel James Champion was born on 13 August 1961, in Paducah, Kentucky, USA, and is a weather anchor, best known for his work as a part of the ABC flagship station WABC-TV, working on the program “Good Morning America”. He’s now been with the company for over 25 years.
The Net Worth of Sam Champion
How rich is Sam Champion? As of mid-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $10 million, earned through a successful career as a weather anchor. He’s been active in the broadcast industry since 1988, and as he continues his endeavors, his wealth will also likely increase.
Early Life and Education
Sam’s father was a member of the US Marine Corps and a veteran of the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Sam grew up with a sister, and attended Fairfax High School located in Virginia. The school opened in 1972 and gained a lot of attention in 2007, when a $54 million renovation began, which led to a significant increase in the student population.
After matriculating from high school, he then enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University to study for a degree in broadcast news.
The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, while they also offer online courses with over 40 programs for both undergraduate as well as graduate students. During his time there, he gained professional working experience when he became an intern for the Lexington, Kentucky-based television station, WKYT-TV. The station is known for serving the east-central part of the state, and is a dual affiliation of CBS/CW.
Early Career Projects and ABC News
After completing his education, Champion began his career with WPSD-TV located in Paducah, Kentucky and stayed there for a brief period before moving to Jacksonville, Florida to serve with the station WJKS which would later become WCWJ. In 1988, he gained his first project with WABC-TV, when he was hired to become a weather forecaster for “Eyewitness News”. The title of the program is a reference to a form of journalism that has become increasingly popular in modern television news.
After six years with the company, he was hired to become a part of “Good Morning America”, with a reported salary of $1.5 million a year.
The morning television show has been airing since 1975, featuring interviews, news, feature segments, and special interest stories, as well as weather forecasts. The show is broadcast from the Times Square Studios in New York City, and is the most watched morning show in viewing numbers for each year since 2012.
Need a Wednesday forecast? https://t.co/2mV2Ockil3
— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) January 29, 2020
Prior to its dominance, it served as a solid competitor to previous ratings topper “Today” during the late 1990s up to the early 2010s. The show has earned three Daytime Emmy Awards during its run.
Leaving ABC, Other Work, and Return
While working with ABC, Sam also became the host of the educational program entitled “Sea Rescue”, which aired through ABC’s Litton’s Weekend Adventure. The program shows stories of rescue, rehabilitation, and return to the wild of marine animals, with the help of a team of dedicated veterinarians.
He also made occasional appearances in the WABC-produced show “Live with Kelly and Ryan” as well as in the popular CNN program “Larry King Live”. He’s developed several popular catchphrases throughout his career, including “Let’s get to the boards”, and “That’s the weather around the nation. Here’s what you can expect this morning.” In 2013, he announced his departure from the company, as he was joining The Weather Channel, which would give him his own show entitled “America’s Morning Headquarters”.
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He was also given a managing editor position at the company, but stayed with his show for just a year, before he became more of a contributor to The Weather Channel’s primetime programs. His contract ran out in 2016, and he returned to WABC for their morning and noon newscasts, mainly working with ABC News. He has also served in as a fill-in reporter for his replacement Ginger Zee, who now holds the position of Chief Meteorologist.
Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Champion married visual artist Rubem Robierb in 2012, after being together for several years. When not working, he is known to be a consistent presence in many charitable organizations within the New York City area. He collaborated with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, becoming the Grand Marshal of the organization’s Fall Bike Tour. He was also the chairman of the 25th annual March of Dimes NYC Walk America. He hosted the New York City Project’s “Courage Awards” in 2002, and was also the master of ceremonies during the program “Stopping AIDS Together”.
In 2010, he opted to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his skin while on air. He had previous bouts with the disease, and aired the procedure to help raise awareness about skin cancer. Similar to numerous anchors and weather personalities, he is highly active online through accounts on social media. He has a Twitter account, on which he does updates on weather while also promoting some of his advocacies. He also uses the platform to post breaking news. Another account he has is on Facebook, using the account mainly to share content not related to his work.