American weather anchor Sam Champion decided to rest after years of working in Good Morning America (GMA) because of his escalating age. But fate would not let him go — he ended up at the same place and got the huge career break that bestowed him with a hefty salary.

The Paducah, Kentucky native had given 25 years to the ABC flagship station WABC-TV and GMA. 

GMA Paid Sam Champion Salary in Million

Born on 13 August 1961, Samuel James Champion started his career by interning at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. He began working at WPSD-TV in Paducah and WCWJ in Jacksonville.

Champion took a slight swerve and became a weather forecaster for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News in 1988.

He went to Good Morning America in 2004 and earned a $1.5 million salary per year. He then made his debut as a host in Sea Rescue in April 2008.

In August 2006, he joined ABC News. The new stint provided him with such a salary that added more to his net worth of $10 million (present).


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After seven years of contributing to the network, Champion departed from ABC in December 2013 to become an on-air managing editor of The Weather Channel.

Retired? What is Sam Champion Doing Now?

Following his departure from GMA, Champion started hosting his morning show, America’s Morning Headquarters, in March 2014, but that didn’t last long as he left AMHQ in September 2015 to contribute to its prime-time programs.

Unfortunately, in December 2016, Champion and The Weather Channel decided not to renew their contract, and he retired. Still, it was only temporary, as he had a new job to take care of.

He returned to ABC in February 2018 as a fill-in weather forecast following Ginger Zee’s maternity leave and gave his time to the weekend edition of Good Morning America.

Then, on May 22, 2019, it was announced that he would be back to WABC-TV's newscasts and would contribute to ABC News starting from June 2019.

As per Celebrity Net Worth, he earns a salary of $2 million annually. 

Sam Champion Came Out as Gay During a Friend's Wedding

In October 2012, Champion came out as gay during the wedding reception of Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner. 

Sam Champion and his husband Rubem Robeirb in Caicos island in December 2012.

Sam Champion and his husband Rubem Robierb enjoy during a vacation at Providenciales, Turks, And Caicos Islands (Photo: Sam Champion's Instagram | 19 October 2018)

He went to the dance floor with his visual artist husband, Rubem Robierb, and gushed about how they had gotten engaged in October 2012. The two had first met through mutual friends in Miami at a New Year party in 2011.

Champion and his Brazilian-American partner didn’t wait long for their wedding. They exchanged their vows at Champion's NYC apartment on December 12, 2012.

100 guests, including Lara Spencer, Josh Elliot, and Robin Roberts, attended the wedding reception held at the Icon South Beach, where singer Nicole Henry and producer Richard Ray-Alexander performed.


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It hadn't even been a year since the wedding; Champion confessed he wanted to have kids and start a family with his husband.

While talking to Wendy Williams on her self-titled show in 2013, he maintained he would love to have babies if his husband wanted the same. But, apparently, that hasn’t happened yet. 

Nevertheless, Champion has been relishing his married life with his husband, or so his Instagram suggests. He frequently posts pictures with his husband and gives glimpses of their blissful marriage.