Sam Champion leaving ABC News to join The Weather Channel

Meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over on GMA

Sam Champion is leaving ABC News for a new opportunity at the Weather Channel.

Champion will become the on-air face of the network, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor, ABC announced Monday.

Champion joined Good Morning America in 2006 and broadcast more than 1,800 weather forecasts for the show, network officials said. 

Network officials credit Champion's reporting during Superstorm Sandy for contributing to ABC’s Peabody Award for coverage of that historic storm.

Champion has broadcast live from a raft floating between polar icebergs, danced the salsa on “Despierta America” and interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and chefs. 

"While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News," ABC News President Ben Sherwood said in a statement.

GMA will celebrate Champion’s last day on Wednesday’s program. 

"While he is leaving ABC News, he will always be a part of our family," Sherwood said.