Sam Champion to Return to WABC’s ‘Eyewitness News’ as Weather Anchor

A gig he held from 1988 to 2006

Last Updated: May 22, 2019 @ 1:52 PM

Sam Champion is returning to his old green screen at WABC’s “Eyewitness News.” Starting Monday, June 3, the ABC News contributor will serve as weather anchor for the station’s weekday morning and noon teams.

The Eyewitness News AccuWeather team is chief meteorologist Lee Goldberg, along with Amy Freeze and Jeff Smith.

“Sam has a fascination and passion for weather that is absolutely contagious,”┬ásaid Debra O’Connell, president and general manager, WABC. “I am thrilled to have Sam join our outstanding Eyewitness News team, bringing with him a tremendous track record for accuracy in weather forecasting along with his genuine care for our tri-state area communities and viewers.”

Champion spent 18 years as a weather anchor on WABC’S “Eyewitness News” from 1988-2006, before joining “Good Morning America” and ABC News.

From 2013-2016, Champion was managing editor of The Weather Channel. There, his “AMHQ” experienced more than its share of problems, and Champion left that show in Fall 2o15.

“It is an extraordinary opportunity to come home and, once again, be a part of the Eyewitness News family,” added Champion. “I have felt the trust and kindness of New York and the tri-state viewers since 1988, and I can’t wait to start our days together again at the No. 1 station in the nation!”