Americans love their meteorologist and Ginger Zee happens to be one of them. Certified by the American Meteorological Society, Zee is best known for her work with ABC, a network that gave her the widespread recognition she so deserved when she made an appearance on Good Morning America Weekend back in November 2011. Her affiliation with ABC has helped boost her celebrity level and Zee has welcomed it with arms wide open. She was one of the contestants on the 22nd season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. With her partner, pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Zee finished in third place.
Who is Ginger Zee?
“Ginger Zee” is actually some sort of a stage name everyone got used to; the TV personality was born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13, 1981, in Orange, California. Her father, Dutchman Robert Zuidgeest named her Ginger after a character in Gilligan’s Island, a sitcom he watched in order to learn to speak the English language. On a couple of occasions, Ginger has spoken about how she doesn’t understand why her father went for the name Ginger. She says her personality is more like that of Mary Ann’s in the show.
When Ginger turned a year old, her family, including her mother, Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft (née Hemleb) relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan where she would spend the rest of her childhood. Her parents later got divorced before she ventured into teenhood. Her mother remarried a certain Carl Craft from whom Zee came to have two half-sisters, Adrianna and Elaina Craft.
Ginger at the age of 8 made up her mind to become a meteorologist after she was mesmerized by the sight of a waterspout on Lake Michigan. As a kid, Zee was anorexic and it got worse after her parents divorced, however, the step-dad Carl who was a counselor would come to help her overcome that phase of her life.
She attended Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan from where she graduated in 1999. In 2002, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Indiana’s Valparaiso University. She also majored in Mathematics and Spanish. Zee’s post-graduation dream was to make it to the Today Show before she turned 30 years old, and she did work hard to get her dreams fulfilled.
She started off her career working for numerous channels in Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, and Michigan. She gained national attention when she worked at the NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois between 2006 and 2011. During that period, Zee was asked to fill in as a guest meteorologist on the weekend edition of Today Show, fulfilling her dream.
Her career received a boost when she joined Good Morning America Weekend in 2011. She was later named the show’s Chief Meteorologist. After Sam Champion left to join The Weather Channel, Zee was asked to replace him as the weather editor for ABC News.
What is Her Salary?
Ginger Zee’s earnings from her day job have never been made public. However, estimations are that she earns an annual salary of about $500,000. Her net worth is said to be in the tune of $3 million.
Family Facts – Husband and Baby
Ginger Zee is a happily married woman. She shares a professional similarity with her husband Ben Aaron who is a media personality. Ben, born Benjamin Aaron Colonomos on September 10, 1981, in New York City is best known for hosting the short-lived nationally syndicated comedy TV show, Crazy Talk. He is now the co-host of a syndicated lifestyle talk show Pickler & Ben alongside country musician, Kellie Pickler. Produced by Scripps, the show airs on Scripps stations and on CMT.
Ginger met Aaron in 2012 through a mutual friend, Aaron revealed this in a YouTube video he posted before their wedding day. He was attending a Soulcycle charity event with this friend who introduced him to Zee. After the event ended, Aaron walked Zee across Central Park back to her house, a trip that was enough to make him know for sure that he was in love with Zee. Though Zee had wanted to be friends with him, Aaron took it further by asking her out. They got married on June 7, 2014.
The couple shares two kids together. They had their first baby boy, Adrian Benjamin Colonomos on December 17, 2015. He arrived at 11:05 am and weighed 7 lb. 8 oz. measuring 20.5 inches long. On February 9, 2018, in New York City they welcomed yet another baby boy, Miles Macklin Colonomos. He measured 21.5 inches long and weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Zee’s husband earned his first degree from Emerson College, in Boston, Massachusetts. He began broadcasting at the age of 18 with a radio gig at Disney. He then landed other radio gigs in Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, and of course his native New York City.
While working at WNBC in 2009 as host of New York Live show Aaron earned three local Emmy Awards in the Best Feature Reporter Category.