Zee in 2014
|Born||Ginger Renee Zuidgeest
January 13, 1981
Orange, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Valparaiso University (B.S.)|
|Known for||Television meteorologist|
|Spouse(s)||Ben Aaron (m. 2014)|
|Parent(s)||Robert O. "Bob" Zuidgeest (father)
Dawn E. Zuidgeest-Craft (Mother)
Ginger Renee Colonomos (née Zuidgeest ; born January 13, 1981), known by her pseudonym Ginger Zee, is an American television personality. She is the current weather anchor for Good Morning America and ABC World News Tonight on ABC and before that was their weekend weather anchor. Zee is the Chief Meteorologist for all of ABC News' platforms.
Zee was born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13, 1981 in Orange, California to mother Dawn E. Zuidgeest-Craft (née Hemleb) and father Robert O. "Bob" Zuidgeest. She has a younger brother named Sean Jeffrey Zuidgeest. Zee was named for "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island by her Dutch father, due to his love of the show that helped him learn English.
In her extended family, Zee has a stepfather named Carl John 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 both immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. Zee's maternal grandfather is George Joseph Hemleb and grandmother Paula Adeline Wesner.
Zee once said that she chose to be a meteorologist because "I saw a waterspout on Lake Michigan when I was eight... I was mesmerized. I really thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen."In 1999, Zee graduated from Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan. After that, Zee went on to Valparaiso University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. Her goal at graduation was to be a meteorologist on The Today Show by age 30.
After graduating 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, and WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois, an NBC owned and operated station. While working at WMAQ from 2006-2011, Zee was asked once 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 August 2013, Zee became engaged to WNBC personality Benjamin Aaron Colonomos, who goes by Ben Aaron. The couple wed in Petoskey, Michigan on June 7, 2014. On June 29, 2015, Ginger announced on Good Morning America that she and Ben are expecting their first child in December. On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Good Morning America had a gender reveal segment for pregnant couples. Ginger and her husband found out they are expecting a boy.
Zee was diagnosed with narcolepsy when she was 21.
I chose this career because I saw a waterspout on Lake Michigan when I was eight. My mom told us to get inside, but I was mesmerized. I really thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.