Ginger Renee Colonomos , 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.Early life and educationZee was born Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13, 1981 in Orange, California, the daughter of Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft and Robert Zuidgeest. The family moved to Michigan before she was 1 year old. Zee was named after Ginger from Gilligan's Island by her Dutch father, due to his love of the show.In her extended family, Zee has a stepfather named Carl Craft, and two half-sisters, Adrianna and Elaina Craft. Zee's paternal grandparents are Adriaan Cornelis Adrian or Arie Zuidgeest and Hillegonda Hilda Zuidgeest , who both immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands.