(WJLA) - Ginger Zee made her debut as an official member of the weekday Good Morning America crew Thursday. Sam Champion, the longtime meteorologist left the show Wednesday for a job at The Weather Channel. Zee now takes over as lead Meteorologist for GMA and Weather Editor for ABC News.
According to Zee's ABC News bio, she worked in Grand Rapids and Chicago before landing a weekend meteorologist job with GMA in 2011. Over the summer, she announced her engagement to a WNBC reporter.
Zee's real name is Ginger Zuidgeest. During Wednesday's GMA broadcast she revealed that she is named after "Ginger" from Gilligan's Island. She says it was her father's favorite show and helped him learn English when he moved to the United States.