American weather anchor Sam Champion decided to rest after years of working in GMA because of his escalating age. But fate would not let him go — he ended up at the same place and got his huge career break.

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

GMA Paid Him Annual Salary Of $1.5 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. Earning a $1.5 million salary per year, he went to Good Morning America in 2004 and made his host debut in Sea Rescue in April 2008.

In August 2006, he joined ABC News. The new stint added more to his net worth of $10 million (present). And 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.

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Following his departure from GMA, Sam 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.

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Unfortunately, in December 2016, Sam 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

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

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

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

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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.