Sam Champion was born in Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated from Fairfax High School in 1979. Champion holds a B.A. in broadcast news from Eastern Kentucky University. Champion is a veteran of ABC. He was also a veteran weatherman for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News in the New York City media market for seventeen years, and has continued to do fill-in work on WABC-TV since taking the network job full-time. He currently works on Good Morning America as a weatherman.
Champion is not a meteorologist, but gained weather forecasting knowledge through his broadcast work. He has occasionally appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly, the daily talk show produced by WABC-TV, and CNN’s Larry King Live.
Champion is active in many charitable organizations in the New York City area. He was the Grand Marshal of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Fall Bike Tour, the chairman of the 25th annual March of Dimes NYC WalkAmerica, and master of ceremonies of “Stopping AIDS Together,” a part of Sunday by the Bay. Champion also hosted the New York City Project’s 2002 “Courage Awards”, along with movie critic Frank DeCaro.
Some rumors say Sam has boyfriend named Sean (or Shawn) Bell and they have been together since April 2006. Sean owns a boutique called Bellhaus in the Long Island hamlet of Wainscott. Sam and Sean live on New York’s Upper West Side and own a second home in Wilton.