“Good Morning America” has named WABC-TV’s Sam Champion as its weatherman in a move that completes the on-air staff of the ayem show.
Champion, long rumored to be ABC’s first-choice successor to Tony Perkins, starts on Sept. 5, along with newly appointed news anchor Chris Cuomo.
Perkins left “GMA” for WTTG Washington, D.C., last fall.
In addition to his role as weatherman on “GMA,” Champion becomes weather editor for ABC News, heading up a beat the network expects to grow in significance as tropical storms grow in strength and frequency.
“What’s got me excited about the topic is it’s hugely important to the national audience,” Champion said. “Weather is making more headlines and getting more dramatic.”
In addition to weather, Champion will contribute features on the environment and weather-related issues to “GMA.”