At 43 years old, Ginger Zee has this physical status:
Ginger Renee Colonomos (née Zuidgeest; born January 13, 1981), better known as Ginger Zee, is an American television star.
She is ABC News' chief meteorologist.
She was previously their weekend meteorologist.
Early life and education
Zee was born in Orange, California, on January 13, 1981, the daughter of Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft (née Hemleb) and Robert Zuidgeest. Before she was 1 year old, the family moved to Michigan. Zee was named after her Dutch father's "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island due to his love of the show.
Zee has a stepfather named Carl Craft, as well as two half-sisters, Adrianna and Elaina Craft, who live in her extended family. Adriaan Cornelis "Adrian" Zuidgeest and Hillegonda "Hilda" Zuidgeest (née VanderShoor), who immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands, are Zee's paternal grandparents. George Joseph Hemleb and his grandmother Paula Adeline Wesner are both grandparents of Zee.
Zee said she wanted to be a meteorologist because "I saw a waterspout on Lake Michigan when I was eight years old." I was mesmerized. It was actually the coolest thing I'd ever seen." Zee graduated from Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan, in 1999. Zee then went to Valparaiso University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology as well as a major in both math and Spanish. She aspired to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by age 30.
Zee was diagnosed with narcolepsy at the age of 21, and was told not to write about it. Zee became engaged to WNBC's Benjamin Aaron Colonomos, also known as Ben Aaron, in August 2013. On June 7, 2014, the couple wed. Adrian Benjamin Colonomos, the family's first child together, was born in Petoskey, Michigan, in December 2015. On August 14, 2017, she revealed on Good Morning America that she was pregnant with her second child. Miles Macklin, her son, was born in February 2018. The family lives in Manhattan.
After graduating from college, Zee worked for various media outlets such as 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 2006-2011, Zee was once asked to fill in as a guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of The Today Show, and this fulfilled her high school goal. In addition, Zee is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
Zee reached national prominence when she joined 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, succeeding Sam Champion, who took a job with The Weather Channel.
In 2015, she competed in an episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! against Bellamy Young, who won, and Josh Gad.
On March 4, 2016, Zee was announced as a celebrity competitor on the 22nd season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. She was paired with professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The couple finished in third place behind Paige VanZandt in second and Nyle DiMarco in first.
#TBT to me in CATS! a few years ago… well, I got to wear the costume, do some of the dance with the chorus at least… made me think of it because we want to have Adrian try his first theater group. Oh how I wish I would have done more of it as a child 😁❤️ I’m still hoping to have a shot as a middle-ager on Broadway. Anything is possible, right? #streamofthoughtspost