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Congratulations to Good Morning America weatherman Sam Champion and longtime partner photographer Rubem Robierb, who have announced their engagement. According to a posting on the Good Morning America website on October 5, 2012, the couple plan to marry later this year.
In a blog posting on September 30, 2012 about the wedding of MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner, I noted that among the celebrities attending the event was Sam Champion. I had recognized Champion in photos of the wedding published on facebook.
Champion and Robierb may have decided to announce their wedding plans on the Good Morning America website today because of the publication this morning of a New York Times article about the Roberts-Abner wedding in which they are quoted.
The New York Times article by Jacob Bernstein is a beautifully written and moving account of the relationship between Roberts and Abner. In describing the wedding, however, Bernstein notes that "Among the 170 or so guests at the reception was Sam Champion, the weather anchor at ABC's 'Good Morning America.' He took a turn on the dance floor with his partner, the photographer Rubem Robierb."
Caught up in the spirit of the moment, Champion told the reporter, "We're getting married New Year's Eve in Miami." Robierb corrected him: "We'll do it here officially, and then have a party in Miami."
Although Champion has widely been perceived as gay and has been seen at various charities that benefit glbtq youth and causes, as far as I know he has not previously publicly declared his sexual orientation.
According to the Good Morning America website, Champion will discuss his announcement on the program on Monday, October 8, 2012.
The Kentucky native is a veteran newscaster in New York. He joined WABC-TV's Eyewitness News team in 1988. He joined the Good Morning America team in 2007. On April 7, 2012, he debuted as host of Sea Rescue, an educational and informational program that focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of animals.
Champion and Robierb met in Miami, where the latter lives, four years ago. A native of Brazil, Robierb is a fine-arts photographer who exhibits his work in Miami, Atlanta, Santa Monica, and New York.
The humorous video below was made as a tribute when Champion left ABC's New York City affiliate for Good Morning America in 2007 after 18 years.