- Started career in broadcast news as an intern at WKYT in Lexington while still attending Eastern Kentucky University.
- Spent 18 years as a weatherman for ABC's New York affiliate, WABC.
- Had cancer surgery, broadcast live on Good Morning America on May 12, 2010, to remove a basal-cell carcinoma from his shoulder.
- Volunteers with several charity organizations, including the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the March of Dimes Foundation.
- New York City-based indie rock band Sam Champion is named after him.
- Sylvia Champion — Mother
- Rubem Robierb — Husband
- James H. Champion — Father
- Teresa — Sister
- Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY (BA in Broadcast News)
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