'Good Morning America' regular gets 'A Little Closer to Home'
Ginger Zee told how much she has weathered in her first memoir, but that was just the beginning.
Seen most weekdays on “Good Morning America,” ABC News’ chief meteorologist gets even more candid about her experiences by following her book “Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One.” with “A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm,” originally set for release this week but moved to Jan. 11. While revisiting the subjects of depression and mental health, she also reveals details of an early pregnancy, an abusive relationship and a suicide attempt.
“I had to consistently think, ‘How does this become a story that helps someone?,’ ” Zee reflects. “The beauty of doing ‘Natural Disaster’ was that I got to learn so fast, and I’m hoping that with this book, I’ve been able to add more tools and more helpful hints about the healing process.”
Zee says her publisher asked her for a “Natural Disaster” follow-up aimed more toward teens, “but I started thinking, ‘I don’t know if that’s the right book to write. I feel like there might be more for adults before getting to something like that.’ And I don’t even know if I’m the right person to write that book.”
Also the author of “Chasing Helicity” weather-adventure stories for young readers, Zee notes that recording the audiobook of “A Little Close to Home” brought home the full impact of what she’d written: “You know what you wrote and you know what the stories are, but when you read it through like that, that’s when it hit me about midway through, I hadn’t read it out loud, and that was the difference.”
Birthdate: Jan. 13, 1981
Birthplace: Orange, Calif.
Current residence: New York
Marital status: Married to television journalist Ben Aaron; they have two sons, Adrian and Miles
Television work includes: “Good Morning America,” “Hearts of Heroes,” “It’s Not Too Late,” “Evel Live 2,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Famous in Love,” “Younger,” “Jeopardy!,” “Rachael Ray,” “The View,” “The Chew,” “Renovation Realities: Ben and Ginger,” “20/20,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “Tornado Chasers,” “Storm Chasers,” WMAQ-TV (Chicago), WBMA-TV (Birmingham, Ala.), WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.), WYIN-TV (Merrittville, Ind.), WEYI-TV (Flint, Mich.)
How she was named: Her father loved “Gilligan’s Island” and named her for the sitcom’s character who was played by Tina Louise