Ginger Zee wanted to be a meteorologist after seeing waterspout at age 8

By: Ben Adams  |   | 

Ginger Zee thought of becoming a meteorologist at a young age. Once she stated that ‘I saw a waterspout on Lake Michigan when I was eight. I really thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.”  And later, she also talked about her goal of majoring in meteorology at the Valparaiso University was to be a part of The Today Show on NBC.

Immediately after graduation, she began seeking for the opportunities, she worked for various media outlets like Flint, Michigan-based WEYI-TV, Merrillville, Indiana-based WYIN-TV and Grand Rapids, Michigan-based WLAV-FM & WOOD-TV. Afterward, she also had a short stint on NBC-owned station WMAQ in Chicago, Illinois that is where she earned national interest and could made an appearance at MSNBC and also guest host Storm Chasers on The Discovery Channel. 

During her 6-year-long tenure at WMAQ, she was asked to fill in as a guest meteorologist on The Today Show’s weekend edition. Now, an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist is working on ABC News. 

Ginger received national prominence after joining ABC News’ Good Morning America Weekend in November 2011. Following that, she started making occasional appearances on network’s shows like ABC World News Tonight and Nightline

It was on December 2, 2013, when ABC News announced that she would be a chief meteorologist for Good Morning America and also a weather reporter for ABC News. She succeeded Sam Champion, who left for The Weather Channel. Now, she reports across network’s all broadcasts & digital platforms. 

Since being a part of ABC News, she has covered major weather event and numerous historic storms. She broadcasted from the Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods & wildfire and also covered the devastation from tornados in EI Reno, Oklahoma, and Moore. 

Adventure loving Ginger never hesitated to take a risk as she covered extreme weather conditions ranging from the record-breaking heat in the Death Valley to the Boston blizzard. 

An Emmy-winning meteorologist took part in the 22nd season of ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars as a celebrity competitor in 2016. Paired with a professional dancer, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and finished in 3rd place. She went to compete in the reality contest just months after giving birth to her son

Reports have it that being a chief meteorologist of all ABC News' arena, Ginger earns $100,000 salary yearly that sums up to amass a net worth of $400,000. 


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