Ginger Zee Wiki – Ginger Zee Biography
Ginger Renee Colonomos was born on January 13, 1981). She also known by her pen name Ginger Zee, is an American television personality. She is the chief meteorologist for ABC News, having previously been the network’s weekend meteorologist.
Early Life And Family
Zee was born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13, 1981 in Orange, California, the daughter of Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft and Robert Zuidgeest. The family moved to Michigan before she was 1 year old. Zee was given the name “Ginger” from Gilligan’s Island by her Dutch father, due to her love of the show.
In her extended family, Zee has a stepfather named Carl Craft and two half-sisters, Adrianna and Elaina Craft. Zee’s paternal grandparents are Adriaan Cornelis “Adrian” or “Arie” Zuidgeest and Hillegonda “Hilda” Zuidgeest (née VanderShoor), who immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands Zee’s maternal grandfather is George Joseph Hemleb and her grandmother Paula Adeline Wesner.
Zee said that she chose to be a meteorologist because “I saw a waterspout on Lake Michigan when I was eight years old… I was mesmerized. I really thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen.” In 1999, Zee graduated. from Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan. After that, Ella Zee went to the University of Valparaíso, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, as well as a minor in Mathematics and Spanish. Her goal upon graduation was to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by age.
At age 21, Zee was diagnosed with narcolepsy. In August 2013, Zee became engaged to WNBC personality Benjamin Aaron Colonomos, known as Ben Aaron. The couple married on June 7, 2014. Their first child together, a son, named Adrian Benjamin Colonomos, was born in December 2015 in Petoskey, Michigan. On August 14, 2017, she announced on Good Morning America that she was pregnant with her second child. In February 2018, she gave birth to another son, Miles Macklin. The family lives in Rockland County, New York. The height of Zee is 1.7 m.
After graduating from college, Zee worked for various media outlets including WEYI-TV in Flint, Michigan, WYIN-TV in Merrillville, Indiana, WLAV-FM and WOOD-TV both in Grand Rapids, Michigan, WBMA-LD ABC 33 /40 in Birmingham, Alabama, as an intern under chief meteorologist James Spann, and WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois, an NBC owned-and-operated station.While working at WMAQ from 2006 to 2011, Zee was once asked to serve as a guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of The Today Show, and this fulfilled her goal in high school. In addition, Zee is an AMS-certified broadcast meteorologist.
Zee rose to national prominence when she joined the Good Morning America weekend on November 12, 2011. Zee occasionally appears on other ABC programming such as Nightline and ABC World News Tonight.
On December 2, 2013, ABC News announced that Zee would become chief meteorologist for Good Morning America and weather editor for ABC News, replacing Sam Champion, who took a job at The Weather Channel. In 2015, she competed on an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! against Bellamy Young, who won, and Josh Gad.
On March 4, 2016, Zee was announced as a celebrity contestant on season 22 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy.The pair finished in third place behind Paige VanZandt in second and Nyle DiMarco in first.
Net Worth and Salary
Ginger Zee is an American television personality who has a net worth of $2.5 million and an annual salary of $500 thousand.