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
Stanford researchers propose string of small marine sanctuaries to combat climate change
As climate change forces more marine migration, Stanford researchers have identified areas off the coast of California and Mexico that might act as safe zones, many containing healthy kelp forests or other habitats.
Strategic management helps protect redwoods from future wildfires in Santa Cruz Mountains
Three years after the CZU wildfire that roared through the San Vicente Redwoods, you can go experience the changing landscape as forest management techniques are being used to help protect and regrow the area.
Climate change could be creating more turbulence on flights, research shows
Researchers believe the frequency of turbulence along North American flight routes could triple in the upcoming decades depending on climate change.
How NASA is using satellites to track glacier melt, predict sea level rise
With its increasing ability to measure both glacier melt and sea level rise, NASA is hoping to more accurately predict what the future may hold. Here's what projections say could be in store for San Francisco in 30 years.
Scientists hope warning system along NorCal coast will protect whales from ship strikes
The sophisticated system is a key part of a voluntary vessel speed reduction request, designed to prevent deadly collisions along a newly expanded stretch of our coastline.
Researchers find Great Pacific garbage patch teeming with life
Scientists say one of the largest patches of pollution on the planet has become a substitute environment for dozens of species, generating questions about what this means for the ocean and the coast.
Bay Area Dutch Slough tidal restoration project creates powerful carbon sink, combats climate change
When we first visited Dutch Slough in Eastern Contra Costa County last year, the recently restored tidal marsh was already flourishing. But hiding among the reeds was a critical question. How effective would the marsh be at sequestering carbon?
These are challenges the Bay Area faces in eliminating 'forever chemicals' in water, experts say
The San Francisco Estuary Institute has spent more than a decade tracking chemicals known as PFAS, which have been linked to various environmental problems.
Ansel Adams exhibit at San Francisco's de Young Museum relevant in age of climate change
When famed photographer Ansel Adams captured many of his iconic images, western landscapes like Yosemite were both remote and still pristine.
Pilot project aims to divert excess water runoff potentially caused by massive Sierra snowpack
The problem involves diverting excess water from the nearby Kings River through a network of canals to deliberately swamp his own fields.