Teaching Students About Sam Champion
Samuel James Champion, better known as Sam Champion, is a household name when it comes to weather reporting. Born in Paducah, Kentucky on August 13, 1961, he has spent over three decades entertaining and educating viewers on the ins and outs of the weather. Teaching students about the life and career of Sam Champion not only broadens their horizons but also gives insights into the field of meteorology and the role of weather forecasters in our daily lives.
Early Life and Education
Sam Champion was raised by his father, a Marine Corps veteran, and mother, a public school teacher. Growing up, he developed a passion for understanding the natural world through his family’s camping trips. Sam attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied broadcast journalism. He also attended Western Kentucky University with a focus on meteorology.
Radio and Early Television Career
Sam’s early career took off in the radio industry at WTBC Radio in Charleston, West Virginia. His interest in broadcasting soon led him to switch gears to television at WPSD-TV in Paducah. After a few years of refining his skills in various stations such as WJKS-TV (Jacksonville) and WSAZ-TV (Huntington), he moved to New York City in 1988. There, he joined WABC-TV as a weekend weatherman before being promoted to weekday weather anchor position.
Becoming a Household Name: Good Morning America and The Weather Channel
In 2006, Sam Champion joined ABC News as the lead weather anchor for Good Morning America (GMA). He quickly became popular with viewers due to his engaging personality and extensive knowledge of meteorology. As part of the GMA team, Sam covered major events such as Superstorm Sandy and reported live from various natural disasters including tornadoes and hurricanes.
In 2013, Sam left GMA to become the managing editor and on-air personality at The Weather Channel. As host of the morning show, “AMHQ: America’s Morning Headquarters,” he continued captivating viewers with weather reports, interviews, and insightful discussions on climate change.
Returning to WABC-TV and Beyond
In 2016, Sam decided to leave The Weather Channel and return to WABC-TV in New York City. He has since been involved in various projects such as documentaries focusing on climate change and hosting special events. Sam Champion also made appearances on ABC News, including coverage of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the environment.