Tuesday, September 3, 2013
EKU in spotlight when popular GMA profiles weather anchor, ’83 graduate Sam Champion
The ‘Good Morning America’ video crew interviewed students at EKU’s Powell Student Center. (Photo from EKU)
Eastern Kentucky University will be in the national spotlight when Good Morning America profiles its weather anchor and EKU graduate, Sam Champion, in a segment tentatively scheduled to air Friday, Sept. 13.
Sam Champion (Photo from Facebook)
In a series of segments, the popular ABC-TV program is taking a look back at the college days of each of its anchors. Champion earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from EKU in 1983.
A video crew spent almost 12 hours on the Richmond campus Aug. 28, essentially re-creating Champion’s campus experience.
The crew toured the campus to interview former professors and others, show Champion’s former residence hall room and current broadcasting classrooms, and depict other aspects of campus life. Current EKU broadcasting major Caitlin Jackson served as student host for the day, spending considerable time in front of the camera.
Good Morning America is the most popular program in its time slot, reaching approximately 4.9 million viewers in one recent week. It airs from 7 to 9 a.m. weekdays on Lexington’s WTVQ-TV.
Champion, a native of Paducah, became GMA’s weather anchor in 2006 after 18 years with WABC-TV in New York City. While an EKU student, he interned at WKYT-TV in Lexington.