ABC weatherman Sam Champion engaged to marry partner Rubem Robierb

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sam-champion-good-morning-america-gi.jpg"Good Morning America" weather anchor Sam Champion is engaged to marry partner Rubem Robierb. The couple plan to tie the knot later this year in New York, followed by a New Year's Eve celebration in Miami.

The announcement came via a New York Times weddings section story on MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts' marriage to partner Patrick Abner. Champion, a guest at the wedding, broke the engagement news to journalist Jacob Bernstein. Champion confirmed the report today via Twitter, saying "I've never been happier to share a bit of personal news!!"

This is Champion's first public statement regarding his sexuality, although NYT's Media Decoder blog acknowledges it has been an open secret.

Among the congratulations Champion has already received online is this tweet from ABC news veteran Diane Sawyer: "And everybody here celebrating Sam's happiness."
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