Sam Champion, 'Good Morning America' Weather Anchor, Is Gay and Engaged

ABC News Sam Champion Engagement - P 2012

ABC News Sam Champion Engagement - P 2012

Buried in a New York Times story about another wedding, the longtime ABC employee says he's due to wed his partner in January.

More good news for the Good Morning America family: They're gaining a new member.

Sam Champion, the morning news progam's weather anchor, is marrying his partner, Brazilian fine arts photographer Rubem Robierb, in January. ABC made the announcement after a New York Times article about the wedding of MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts' wedding quoted Champion making first public mention of the impending nuptials.

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The "announcement" is similar to the low-key way The Big Bang Theory Emmy winner Jim Parsons came out this summer, with mention of his partner also buried in a Times article. Credit Zachary Quinto for starting the oh-by-the-way coming-out trend when he discussed his sexuality for the first time in a New York magazine profile.

Also this summer, Anderson Cooper acknowledged that he is gay with a letter to Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan, who published it online.

Champion, who worked for ABC's local New York affiliate's Eyewitness News before getting called up to the national morning news program, had long been rumored to be gay. In 2008, Bravo's Andy Cohen let it slip that that was the case, but Champion had never confirmed it until now.