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EVENTS AND MEDIA / 2018
SEPTEMBER 7 TALK & SIGNING, SAN RAFAEL CITY HALL • SAN RAFAYEL, CA • 12 PM
OCTOBER 7 TALK & SIGNING, SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY • SF, CA • 1 PM
OCTOBER 19 TALK AND SIGNING, ROTARY CLUB OF LOS ALTOS• LOS ALTOS, CA • 12 PM
OCTOBER 23 KEYNOTE & SIGNING, CONNECTICUT COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING CONFERENCE
MYSTIC MARRIOT, MYSTIC, CT
DECEMBER 11 TALK AND SIGNING, CONGREGATION RODEF SHOLOM• SAN RAFAEL, CA • 7 PM
THE ROLLER-COASTER STORY OF SPENCER CHRISTIAN'S RISE TO SUCCESS, CRASH TO ROCK BOTTOM, AND REBOUND TO HOPE AND HAPPINESS.
Growing up poor and black in the segregated South, Spencer Christian relied on his family’s strong values—a solid work ethic, commitment to education, and Christian faith—to overcome adversity and carve out a path to success and national visibility. As an Emmy Award-winning reporter who hit the big time as a co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, he had it all.
Yet he was living a double life, a compulsive gambler fully addicted to the high-roller lifestyle. When it all unraveled, he found himself divorced, depressed, drowning in debt, and dumped by his network. Launching himself on a new path of recovering and rebuilding, he now tells the tale of a derailed life put firmly back on track.
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In Spencer Christian’s story, you get to know a man as he learns to know himself. And he is someone worth getting to know.” —Gil Gross, network radio news commentator and former news correspondent for the ABC Radio Networks
“Spencer Christian is one of the funniest and smartest guys it’s my privilege to know. It continually amazes me that such intelligence could harbor and hide such a self-destructive addiction as compulsive gambling that almost brought him to ruin—multiple times. This is a cautionary tale that addiction can strike the best among us.” —Charles Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight and host of Good Morning America
ABOUT SPENCER CHRISTIAN
Spencer Christian is an Emmy Award-winning reporter best known for his thirteen years on Good Morning America (GMA) where he covered the national weather reports in addition to traveling throughout the United States and abroad reporting on a wide range of topics. Since January 1999, Spencer Christian has been the weather forecaster on San Francisco’s ABC7 News team.
His time in New York spanned twenty-two years, including thirteen at GMA and nine years at WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate where he served as weatherman and sportscaster from 1977 to 1986. Prior to his years in New York, Spencer was the weathercaster in Baltimore from 1975 to 1977, where he also hosted Spencer’s World, a weekly half-hour talk show. A native of Charles City, Virginia, he began his television career in 1971 in Richmond, Virginia, as a news reporter, covering state and local politics, the public school system, and landmark cases in the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals.
A veteran of the US Army Reserves with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a minor in journalism from Hampton University, Spencer Christian taught English at the Stony Brook School in Long Island, New York, for one year before launching his television career.
While in Richmond, Christian won the Better Life Award for his reports exposing abuses in Virginia’s nursing homes. In Baltimore, he won an Emmy Award for a special series of reports entitled “Does Anyone Here Speak English?” focusing on declining language skills among America’s youth.
Spencer was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in April 1993, and was named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Press Association in July 1993. A longtime wine enthusiast, Spencer hosted Spencer Christian’s Wine Cellar on HGTV and the Food Network from 1995 to 1999. He continues to be a serious wine enthusiast and visits California’s wine country regularly.
“The irony of Spencer’s heart-wrenching yet courageous story is that he had so little to gain, so much to lose. His is a well-written documentary of a life that started from meager beginnings, grew to one of recognition among the elites, and came tumbling down because of the unconscious, insatiable quest for something that was already there, because it must come from within.”
—L. Douglas Wilder,
former governor of Virginia