Spencer Christian | ABC7 KGO News Team
After 50 years in TV news, I still wouldn't trade jobs with anyone in the world. I've been a news reporter, sportscaster, talk show host, and weather forecaster. My assignments and travels have taken me to all 50 states and 5 continents. I've had the privilege of interviewing 6 presidents; the most prominent figures in sports, world affairs, and the arts; and, most memorably, ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. Of course, there have also been unsettling moments--reporting from hurricanes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, virtually every natural calamity known to mankind--but I can't imagine any career path that would have been more enriching or rewarding.

As a news junkie in my early childhood, I read the newspaper every day to get my politics fix and to satisfy my burning curiosity about the world. But I also liked a dash of humor in my news recipe, so I enjoyed watching legendary TV journalists like David Brinkley and Walter Cronkite, who often added a wink and a smile to an otherwise "hard news" broadcast.

In college during the late 1960s, my love of language and literature led me to major in English, while choosing to minor in journalism. I also played varsity baseball and had a Major League tryout in my junior year. It was clear, though, that my journalistic skills far exceeded my baseball talent; so I wisely followed my nose for news.

I began my career as a news reporter in 1971, at the NBC TV affiliate in Richmond, VA, just 25 miles from my childhood home. Aside from general assignment reporting and lighthearted features, my regular "beat" included state and local politics, the federal courts, and education. I could not have forecast then that weather would be my ticket to the big time. But, following a two-week stint "filling in" on weather, I became the station's main weatherperson; and by the mid-1970s, after a brief stop at the NBC station in Baltimore, I was on my way to WABC-TV in New York. Skies were looking sunny!

I spent 9 years at WABC, serving first as weatherman, then morning show host, and finally main sportscaster. During all of those years, I made frequent appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, filling in on weather and doing feature reports and interviews. In 1986, I joined GMA full time as weather forecaster, feature reporter, and co-host. Over the next 13 years, I not only travelled the world, but I also served as spokesperson for ABC's literacy campaign, wrote and published a series of children's books, and had the opportunity to indulge my passion for wine as the host of "Spencer Christian's Wine Cellar", which aired on HGTV and later on the Food Network from 1995 to 2000. More recently, in 2018, I released my memoir entitled "You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling."

After 22 years in New York, I heard the Bay Area and the wine country calling my name. ABC 7 has been my home since 1999, and I now get to test my forecasting skills for the Bay Area's micro-climates. In my time away from work, I enjoy visiting wineries, watching baseball (or just about any sport), working out at the gym, and doing community service. But my greatest joy is spending time with my son and daughter, Jason and Jessica--and more recently my grandsons, Noah and Zach.

Having been blessed with so many memorable career experiences, I find it difficult to name just a few, but here's a short list:

- Interviewing then-Senator Barack Obama just before he announced his candidacy for President
- Emceeing former President Jimmy Carter's 75th birthday celebration (1999) and his 95th (2019) in Americus, GA.
- Surviving and reporting from the Loma Prieta earthquake, while on World Series assignment for GMA in 1989
- Suiting up and playing baseball with the NY Yankees and NY Mets in their spring training camps
- Playing basketball against the Harlem Globetrotters at Madison Square Garden

Follow me on Twitter for quick weather updates. We can also talk wine and weather on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you.

Get Spencer's weather forecast every weekday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on ABC7 News.

Spencer's Stories
Combining infrastructure and ecology: Oysters find new home in SF's Presidio tidal marsh
A new project in the Presidio aims to make architecture more eco-friendly, by creating new homes for oysters to flourish on our seawalls. Experts say this could help pave the way for how we adapt our cities and coastline to climate change.
Carbon tracking system from California-based NASA lab could expand to space
New infrared technology developed in a Southern California NASA lab makes it possible to detect and track methane gases that aren't visible to the naked eye.
New strategies could help California meet methane goals
Environmentalists are utilizing a broad range of strategies to reduce or re-capture methane from multiple industries in California.
'It's really shocking': Study on coral bleaching highlights importance of Bay Area research
A new report is revealing that some 14 percent of the world's coral reefs have disappeared in the space of a decade. Among of the main drivers are ocean warming, and coral bleaching.
Study predicts sea level rise could swamp Bay Area cities at high tide
An expert predicts that with just 3 degrees Celsius of warming in the San Francisco Bay, a large portion of the city would be "swamped" at high tide. The picture isn't much brighter in the lush Parkside around Lake Merritt in Oakland, which could also succumb to tides.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab captures fresh signs of 'rapidly' melting glaciers in Greenland
"I've been flying over this ice sheet for 25 years. And I've never seen so much melting."
West Coast researchers turn to biochar in fight against climate change
Researchers believe the versatile substance, made from agricultural by-products like almond shells, could become a powerful weapon against climate change.
Parts of Bay Area to soar into 100s during sizzling 5-day heat wave
FIVE DAY HEAT WAVE? Inland Bay Area neighborhoods are about to feel the heat when temperatures climb to 106 in some East Bay and North Bay spots.
SPCA recommends gifting Peeps instead of live bunnies for Easter
Every spring, animal shelters take in lots of baby bunnies after families change their minds about keeping them.
Bay Area storm timeline: Last day of heavy showers, chance of thunder before rain eases up
Moderate showers continue with some pockets of heavier rainfall and there is still a chance of thunder. The Atmospheric River is still stalled over the Central Coast where flooding problems continue.