Ginger Zee

Ginger Renee Colonomos (née Zuidgeest; born January 13, 1981), known by her pseudonym Ginger Zee, is an American television personality. She is the chief meteorologist for ABC News. Previously she was their weekend meteorologist.[1]

Ginger Zee
Ginger Zee (cropped)
Zee in 2015
Ginger Renee Zuidgeest

January 13, 1981 (age 37)
Other namesGinger Colonomos
Alma materValparaiso University (B.S.)
Years active2004–present
Known forBroadcast meteorologist
Ben Aaron (m. 2014)

Early life and education

Zee was born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13, 1981 in Orange, California, the daughter of Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft (née Hemleb) and Robert Zuidgeest.[2][3][4] The family moved to Michigan before she was 1 year old.[2] Zee was named after "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island by her Dutch father, due to his love of the show.[5]

In her extended family, Zee has a stepfather named Carl Craft, and two half-sisters, Adrianna and Elaina Craft.[6][7] 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.[4] Zee's maternal grandfather is George Joseph Hemleb and grandmother Paula Adeline Wesner.[6]

Zee said 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."[8] 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 as well as a major in both mathematics and Spanish. Her goal at graduation was to be a Meteorologist on The Today Show by age 30.[9]


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.[10] 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.[1][11] In addition, Zee is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.[12]

Zee reached national prominence when she joined Good Morning America Weekend on November 12, 2011.[1][13] 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.[14]

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.[15] The couple reached third place.

Personal life

At age 21, Zee was diagnosed with narcolepsy.[8] In August 2013, Zee became engaged to WNBC personality Benjamin Aaron Colonomos, known as Ben Aaron.[16] The couple wed on June 7, 2014.[17] Their son Adrian Benjamin was born in December 2015 in Petoskey, Michigan.[18][19] On August 14, 2017, she announced on Good Morning America she was pregnant with her second child. On February 9, 2018 she gave birth to a boy, named Miles Macklin.


  1. ^ a b c "Ginger Zee's Biography". ABC News (2011-11-04). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  2. ^ a b Feder, Robert (November 7, 2011). "For Ginger Zee at ABC, 'absolute dream' comes true". Time Out. Time Out Group Limited. ISSN 1711-7976. Retrieved June 9, 2014. I was born in Orange, California.... We moved to Michigan before I was 1...
  3. ^ California Birth Index. "Ginger Renee Zuidgeest". California Birth Index. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Hilda (Zuidgeest) VanderShoor". Grand Rapids, Michigan: August 22, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2014. ...her two children, Nancy Zukowski (Randy), Robert Zuidgeest; her grandchildren, Ginger Zuidgeest, Sean Zuidgeest, and their mother, Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft...
  5. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (June 30, 2010). "The stormy rise of Ginger Zee". The Seattle Times. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "George Hemleb Obituary". The Grand Rapids Press. Michigan. December 18, 2011. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Pierson, Coleen (November 12, 2011). "Rockford's Ginger Zee makes her debut on 'Good Morning America'". The Grand Rapids Press. Michigan: Booth Newspapers. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Ginger Zee". Retrieved August 8, 2015. 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.
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame class of 2012 inductees announced". The Rockford Squire/Squire News (2012-07-05). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
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  11. ^ "Ginger Zee makes Today Show debut". WOOD-TV (2010-02-27). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
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  13. ^ "Ginger Zee starts new job at America". WOOD-TV (2011-11-12). Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-12-02). "Sam Champion Leaves 'Good Morning America' For Weather Channel, Ginger Zee To Replace Him". Deadline. PMC. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  15. ^ "Ginger Zee to Join 'Dancing With the Stars,' Partnered With Val Chmerkovskiy". ABC News. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ginger Zee: Taken by storm". Splash. Chicago Splash. May 30, 2014. Archived from the original on June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
  17. ^ Strohm, Emily (June 7, 2014). "Ginger Zee Marries Ben Aaron". People. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee expecting 2nd child". ABC News. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  19. ^ Chance, Todd (June 8, 2014). "Ginger Zee's wedding: See the 'after party' pictures from Petoskey". Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2017.

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Benjamin "Ben" Aron Colonomos (born September 10, 1981) is a New York City-based media personality formerly for NBCUniversal's LXTV and WNBC's New York Live, and for the nationally syndicated Crazy Talk television series. Currently he co-hosts the Scripps-produced talk show Pickler & Ben with country artist Kellie Pickler, which airs on Scripps stations and CMT; the show is produced out of Scripps' Nashville station, WTVF.

Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 22)

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On May 24, 2016, Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were crowned champions; this was Murgatroyd's second win on the show, as she also won season 14 with Donald Driver. DiMarco is also the first deaf contestant to win the show. Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas finished second, while Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy placed third.

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Good Morning America

Good Morning America (GMA) is an American morning television show that is broadcast on ABC. It debuted on November 3, 1975, and first expanded to weekends with the debut of a Sunday edition on January 3, 1993. The Sunday edition was canceled in 1999; weekend editions returned on both Saturdays and Sundays on September 4, 2004. The weekday program airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in all U.S. time zones (live in the Eastern Time Zone and on tape delay elsewhere across the country). The Saturday and Sunday editions are one hour long and are transmitted to ABC's stations live at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time, although stations in some markets air them at different times. Viewers in the Pacific Time Zone receive an updated feed with a specialized opening and updated live reports. A third hour of the weekday broadcast aired from 2007 to 2008, exclusively on ABC News Now.

The program features news, interviews, weather forecasts, special-interest stories, and feature segments such as "Pop News" (featuring pop culture and entertainment news, and viral videos), the "GMA Heat Index" (featuring a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and human-interest stories) and "Play of the Day" (featuring a selected viral video or television program clip). It is produced by ABC News and broadcasts from the Times Square Studios in New York City's Times Square district. The primary anchors are Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan alongside news anchor Amy Robach, entertainment anchor Lara Spencer and weather anchor Ginger Zee.

Good Morning America has been the most watched morning show in total viewers and key demos each year since Summer 2012. GMA generally placed second in the ratings, behind NBC's Today from 1995 to 2012. It overtook its rival for a period from the early to mid-1980s with anchors David Hartman and Joan Lunden, from the late 1980s to the mid-1990s with Charles Gibson and Lunden, and in April 2012 with Roberts and Stephanopoulos.

Good Morning America won the first three Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Morning Program", sharing the inaugural 2007 award with Today and winning the 2008 and 2009 awards outright.


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