Sam Champion to leave ABC News for Weather Channel

NEW YORK - Sam Champion of "Good Morning America" is leaving ABC to join The Weather Channel.

The weather anchor joined GMA in 2006 and first became part of the ABC family at WABC New York in 1988.

On Monday, ABC announced Champion will appear as a host on The Weather Channel and serve as managing editor.

"Please join me in thanking Sam for his friendship and countless contributions to our news division," said ABC News President Ben Sherwood. "And let's all wish him the very best and say so long for now."

Meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over Champion's weather duties on "GMA" and across ABC News.

Champion's last day was Wednesday.

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