Lunch Speaker Bio

Christian Spencer is a native of Newport News, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a minor in journalism, from Hampton University and taught English at Stony Brook School in Long Island, for one year before launching his television career.

(A little known fact: he was a major league baseball prospect, in college. )

He began his television career in 1971 in Richmond, Virginia, as a news reporter at WWBT-TV, covering state and local politics, the public-school system, and landmark cases in the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Spencer has spent more than 48 years in TV news – as a news reporter, sportscaster, talk show host, and weather forecaster. In 1986, he joined ABC’s Good Morning America, full time, as weather forecaster, feature reporter, and guest host.

After 22 years in New York, he headed for the Bay Area and landed at KGO-TV -ABC 7 in San Francisco. It has been his home since 1999. He was a co-host of Channel 7’s “The View from the Bay” from 2006-2010. He has written and published a series of children’s books, and had the opportunity to indulge his passion for wine, as the host of Spencer Christian’s Wine Cellar on HGTV from 1995-1999.

Last year, he released his memoir entitled “You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling.”