ABC Weatherman Talks Climate Change and Weather Disasters at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — With much of the nation basking in record-breaking spring temperatures, the weather anchor for ABC’s “Good Morning America” will attempt to provide some insight and analysis in a talk at Ithaca College. Sam Champion will present “Beyond the Daily Forecast: Covering Weather Disasters and Climate Change” on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

Champion serves as weather editor for ABC News and travels frequently to cover weather-related stories across the country and around the globe. He has reported from the front lines of wildfires in California; hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Louisiana; and winter storm systems in Denver, Chicago and Boston.

As part of the morning show’s “New 7 Wonders of the World” series, Champion broadcast live afloat a raft in the middle of the polar ice caps. In 2009, he anchored his first special for the ABC news program “20/20” — “Blown Away: Twisted Terror” — which chronicled the tornado that devastated Parkersburg, Iowa, the previous year.

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. He regularly brings tips and information on how to be environmentally efficient and aware with his “Just One Thing” reports.

In addition to covering the weather and the environment, Champion interviews authors, newsmakers and celebrities and hosts the “Good Morning America” summer concert series from Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Before joining ABC News in September 2006, he spent 18 years at WABC-TV, the network’s flagship station in New York City.

The lecture will also serve as the kickoff to a “Media for Social Responsibility” minicourse in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Each year the course focuses on a topic of global social consequence, with this year’s issue being climate change and natural disasters. Students will examine case studies of how media have responded to weather disasters, then work in teams to develop a media strategy for dealing with a mock disaster while being mentored by professionals in the field.

Champion’s presentation is part of the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series in the Park School. The series honors the 1968 Ithaca College graduate who became an Emmy Award–winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers have included Lester Holt, Ann Curry, David Muir ’95, Andrea Mitchell and Natalie Morales.

For more information contact Melissa Gattine, marketing communications manager in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023 or

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