In addition to covering the national forecast, Champion frequently travels to weather-related stories around the country and the globe. Since joining "GMA," he has reported from the frontlines of wildfires in California; from the scene of hurricanes in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana; and from winter storm systems in Denver, Chicago, and Boston. As part of the morning broadcast's "The New 7 Wonders of the World" series, Champion broadcast live afloat a raft in the middle of the Polar Ice Caps.
Champion is also at the forefront of reporting on the environment and climate change. In 2007, he traveled to Paris for the release of a groundbreaking report on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He regularly brings tips and information on how to be environmentally efficient and aware with his regular "Just One Thing" reports. Champion has also played a key role in the network's Earth Day reporting.
In addition to the weather and the environment, Champion regularly interviews authors, newsmakers, and celebrities during the morning program and hosts the "Good Morning America" summer concert series from Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.
In August 2009, Champion anchored his first "20/20" special, "Blown Away: Twisted Terror," which chronicled the tornado that devastated Parkersburg, Iowa in 2008.
Before joining ABC News in September 2006, Champion spent 18 years at WABC-TV in New York where he was the most-watched weatherman in the tri-state area. Prior to joining WABC-TV, Champion was a weekend weather anchor and news reporter at WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY. Champion began his career in broadcast news as an intern at WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY., while attending college.
Champion graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news. He is involved in many charities in the New York City area, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He resides in New York City.« Read Less