Meteorologist John Champion is a native of Mayfield, KY. John’s interest in weather goes way back. He was one of the original WPSD-TV Weather Watchers in February 1986 when he was just a teenager. He attended Western Kentucky University earning a degree in meteorology and broadcasting, and interned at Channel 6 with longtime WPSD meteorologist, Cal Sisto during the summer of 1991.
John started his TV career by serving as the weekend meteorologist for WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1992-93. In 1994, he joined the weather staff of NBC affiliate KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas where he became chief meteorologist before his departure.
While there, John became a member of the National Weather Association in 1996, and anchored and reported during one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Arkansas history during March 1997. He also co-anchored KARK’s non-stop, day long coverage of an unusually strong winter tornado outbreak in January 1999.
John “came home” to western Kentucky and Local 6, more than a decade ago, in April 2001. John and his wife, Michelle, have two beautiful children, Hannah and Trevor. Like many of his fellow weather authorities, John is also a big fan of our regional sports teams, including the Kentucky Wildcats. Highlighting his passion of Kentucky sports was a trip to San Antonio to watch UK win a national championship in the late 90s. The deal worked out better than John had hoped, with a handshake and autograph from then Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and actress Ashley Judd.
John loves weather. He loves this area, and it shows. Watch for him every morning from 4:30 to 7 on WPSD Local 6! You can follow his Facebook page by clicking here.