Ginger Renee Colonomos or popularly known as “Ginger Zee” is an American television personality who rose to fame as the meteorologist of the ABC network. She has covered some of the most extreme weather events in history, from hurricanes to tornadoes to wildfires. But behind her bright and sunny smile, she has also faced the storms of depression and suicidal thoughts. She has bravely shared her mental health journey with the world, inspiring millions of people to seek help and hope. She is also happily married to Ben Aaron, a television personality and features reporter for PIX 11 Morning News in NYC. In this article, we will bring everything to know about Ginger Gee and her life.
How Rich is Ginger Zee?
Ginger Zee has an estimated net worth of $3 million as of 2023. Her main source of income is from her career as a television personality and chief meteorologist for ABC News. Ginger Zee’s salary with other career earnings is over $300,000 annually. She is one of the richest and most influential television personalities in the United States.
Some of her possessions include a house in New York City that she bought with her husband Ben Aaron in 2017. The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fireplace, a terrace, and a garden. She also owns a car, but the model and price are not known. She has also written books which also account for her source of income.
Ginger Renee Colonomos was born on the 13th of January, 1981. She was born to Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft and Robert Zuidgeest in Orange, California. The pair named their daughter after Ginger Grant who appeared on the sitcom Gilligan’s Island. Her father was a huge fan of the series and of Grant in particular. The family moved to Michigan when Ginger was one and has been there ever since. Little is known about Zee’s life growing up but we do know that she spent her childhood in Michigan. A graduate of the Rockford High School in Rockford, Michigan, Zee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Valparaiso University.
Following her graduation, Zee started her professional life with media outlets such as WEYI-TV, WYIN-TV, WLAV-FM and WOOD-TV, ABC 33/40. She also served as an intern under chief meteorologist James Spann who worked at an NBC station. During her tenure at the WMAQ from 2006 to 2011, Zee was brought in to fill the role of a guest meteorologist on the weekend special of The Today Show in 2010 which was also her childhood dream.
Rise to Fame:
A certified AMS Broadcast Meteorologist, Zee rose to fame following her appearance on Good Morning America Weekend. Zee made her first appearance on the series on the 12th of November, 2011. Zee finally got her big break as she was handed the reins as Chief Meteorologist for Good Morning America and weather editor for ABC News on the 2nd of December 2013. Apart from her regular appearances on Television, Zee has made numerous guest appearances. She was also a celebrity competitor on the 22nd season of the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. She reached an honorable third position on the series alongside her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. In 2020, she hosted the ABC special Earth Day 50: Climate Change and co-hosted the ABC special The Great American Solar Eclipse with David Muir. She has also shown diversity by involving in different kinds of projects, such as in 2021, she starred in the National Geographic show Branching Out: A NatGeo Earth Day Adventure with her family. In 2022, she drove from New York City to Miami in an electric vehicle to showcase its feasibility and environmental benefits.
As a meteorologist, Ginger Zee uses various methods and tools to observe, analyze, and forecast the weather. Some of these methods and tools are:
Satellite imagery and radar data to monitor the movement and development of clouds, storms, and precipitation.
Numerical weather models to simulate the atmospheric conditions and predict the future weather based on mathematical equations.
Surface observations and upper-air soundings to measure the temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed, and direction at different levels of the atmosphere.
Weather maps and charts to display the spatial distribution of weather variables and features such as fronts, pressure systems, jet streams, and air masses.
Weather graphics and animations to visualize and communicate the weather information to the viewers using symbols, colors, and icons.
Weather instruments such as thermometers, barometers, hygrometers, anemometers, rain gauges, and weather balloons to collect and record the weather data.
Ginger Zee also applies her meteorological knowledge and skills to cover various topics related to climate change, natural disasters, environmental issues, and science education. She often travels to different locations to report on weather events and their impacts on people and nature. She also participates in various outreach and advocacy activities to raise awareness and inspire action on climate change and other environmental challenges.
Ginger Zee is not only a meteorologist but also an author. She has written three books so far:
Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One. (2017), a memoir about her struggles with depression and her journey to becoming a successful weather reporter.
Chasing Helicity (2018), a children’s novel about a girl who loves weather and science and goes on an adventure with her friends.
A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm (2022), a sequel to her memoir that explores her personal growth, her marriage, her motherhood, and her mental health.
Marriage and Children:
Genger Gee and Ben Aaron met in 2012 at a charity event and were introduced by mutual friends. Even though the pair felt an instant connection they broke up more than once. Eventually, it turned out well and the pair got engaged in 2013. They had a beachfront wedding in Ginger’s home state of Michigan at Bay Harbor in June 2014. They had 55 guests at their wedding and opted for traditional vows and had a wooden heart puzzle with the initials of their parents as a symbol of unity instead of a candle. Ginger’s brother’s band The Outer Vibe performed at their wedding.
Fast forward to 2023, they are still happily married and celebrate their anniversary every year with sweet messages on social media. They also support each other’s careers and family life and often appear on each other’s shows. Also, the union has given them two children. Their eldest Adrian Benjamin Colonomos was born in December 2015, and then Miles Macklin, born in February 2018. They adopted a dog named Brando in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health issues and suicide attempts:
Behind the glittery smile and welcoming onscreen presence, Zee has struggled with mental health over the years. She twice had suicide attempts. While in college she suffered from narcolepsy and used to take medication. Shortly after graduating from Valparaiso University in Indiana, Zee tried to take her own life by using a mix of Benadryl and other pills. She was 21 at the time. After the attempt, she was diagnosed with depression. While she has not shared the details of her second attempt, on September 11, 2020, she did share that she was master at hiding her mental health and urged others to take it seriously and seek help & treatment. In May 2020, Zee also shared she was taking help from her husband, reporter Ben Aaron, her mother, and her therapist to cope with depression.
This forced smile not long after my 2nd suicide attempt💔. No one knew. I was a master at hiding, especially from myself. If you are having suicidal thoughts, take it seriously. Don’t be afraid to go to the hospital:they can get you the right type of help. @childmindinstitute pic.twitter.com/02p8X1LeKb
Ginger Zee is a beautiful American TV personality with impressive physical traits. She has a slim and fit body with a height of 5 ft 6.5 in or 169 cm and a weight of 61 kg or 134 lbs. She wears a 32B bra size and has blonde hair and grey and visible green color eyes.
Ginger Zee has a stylish and elegant dressing style that suits her profession as a meteorologist and a TV host. She often wears dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, and coats in various colors and patterns. She also accessorizes her outfits with jewelry, scarves, belts, and shoes. She likes to experiment with different hairstyles and makeup looks. She has a radiant smile and a confident posture that enhances her appearance.
Ginger Renee Colonomos (née Zuidgeest)
Date of birth
January 13, 1981
Place of birth
Orange, California, U.S.
43 years old (as of 2023)
White (Dutch and German ancestry)
5 ft 6.5 in or 169 cm
61 kg or 134 lbs
Grey with visible green
TV personality, author, dancer, actress
Rockford High School, Valparaiso University (B.S. in meteorology)
Ben Aaron (m. 2014)
Two sons: Adrian Benjamin Colonomos (b. 2015) and Miles Macklin Colonomos (b. 2018)
Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft (née Hemleb) and Robert Zuidgeest
Carl John Craft
Sean Zuidgeest (brother), Walter Zuidgeest (brother), Adrianna Craft (half-sister), Elaina Craft (half-sister)
Adriaan Cornelis Zuidgeest and Hillegonda Zuidgeest (née VanderShoor), George Joseph Hemleb and Paula Adeline Wesner
Ginger from Gilligan’s Island (given by her father)
To be a meteorologist on The Today Show by the age of 30
Narcolepsy (diagnosed at age 21)
Broadcast meteorologist for ABC News and Good Morning America