Samuel James Champion, best known by his celebrated name Sam Champion, was born on 13th August 1961 in Paducah, Kentucky. He began his career, while in his university days, as an intern working for WKYT-TV based in Lexington, Kentucky. Soon after completing his internship he joined WPSD-TV in his hometown Paducah. There he served as a weekend Weather anchor and News reporter.
His early career highlight came in 1988 when he joined New York-based TV station WABC-TV. There he operated as a weather forecaster for Eyewitness News and remained with the channel for 18 years. Not only he earned valuable experience with the New York-based channel but also established himself as one of the most watched weather forecasters in New York.
The ABC-affiliated network provided Champion with an immense career exposure and in order to further enhance his career, he joined Good Morning America/ABC in 2006. Inclined to weather reporting, Champion reported several weather-related news from the United States which included the hurricanes in Louisiana, the winter storm in Boston and wildfire in California. In addition to that, he reported from Paris when Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed the report on Global Warming.
He remained with ABC for a total of seven years. In his time with the channel, he interviewed several newsmakers including celebrities, politicians and chefs. Apart from that, he also hosted his own program Sea Rescue, in which he focused on rehabilitation and rescue of the marine animals, and appeared in various programs including Live! With Kelly and Michael and Larry King Live. He parted way with ABC in 2013 to pursue a new chapter in his career with The Weather Channel based in Atlanta.