NEW YORK (WZZM) -- A big change on Good Morning America goes into effect Thursday.

Wednesday morning was Sam Champion's last day on GMA; he's headed to The Weather Channel to anchor its morning show. Champion has been just one of the reasons Good Morning America unseated NBC's Today Show as the top-rated network morning show.

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Champion's departure means Rockford High School graduate, Ginger Zee takes over as the main meteorologist on Good Morning America. She spoke with WZZM 13 and reflected on her broadcasting career.

Q: As hard as you work, did you ever imagine this happening at such a young age?

A: "No! (laughs) You know, some people will work their entire lives and at some point say maybe 'that's not the goal for me.' I have just been so fortunate this whole way, and not to say that I haven't worked hard. There were so many times where I was in Flint, Michigan and I was seriously eating a bean burrito, just one every day because it was 79 cents and that's all I could afford."

After starting her career in Flint, Zee moved to Grand Rapids, and then Chicago, before her current position in New York.