Gin­ger Zee con­tin­ues to bid ‘Good Morn­ing Amer­ica’ from home

Cecil Whig - - THE STREAM SCENE -

Do­ing “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” lately has been both the same and not for Gin­ger Zee.

ABC News’ chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist notes that she’s of­ten sep­a­rated from the an­chors for her week­day seg­ments any­way. Thus, while she misses see­ing her col­leagues in per­son dur­ing the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, she notes that giv­ing fore­casts us­ing equip­ment and a “green screen” in her home (though she did cover Hur­ri­cane Laura and wild­fires on lo­ca­tion) isn’t that far a cry from her usual mode.

“The first six weeks, some­thing went wrong ev­ery sin­gle morn­ing,” Zee al­lows, “and I would be sweat­ing in my base­ment. Also, I was work­ing while I had the coro­n­avirus, and I didn’t know be­cause I couldn’t get a test. Now, I think we’ve re­ally set­tled in and learned how to trou­bleshoot, And I have my en­gi­neer, An­drew Hull, who has been my sav­ior.”

One “GMA” as­pect Zee ad­mits that she wouldn’t mind hav­ing back is as­sis­tance with hair and makeup. She’s been do­ing her own, and she’s not shy about fol­low­ing up with any­one who might cri­tique it, as those con­nected to her on Twit­ter know.

“It’s brought out a lot of grat­i­tude for all of the peo­ple who work so hard at ‘GMA’ and make my life eas­ier,” Zee notes. “It’s not that I didn’t know they were there, but when I’m do­ing all of those jobs, it def­i­nitely adds to ev­ery­thing, I worked in lo­cal news for 10 years, so it’s not like I hadn’t done my own (styling) be­fore. But I do miss them.”

Also the host of the ABC week­end show “Hearts of He­roes” and ABC News Live’s “It’s Not Too Late” en­vi­ron­ment re­ports, Zee has been writ­ing a fol­low-up to her mem­oir “Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter: I Cover Them, I Am One.” She’s been com­fort­able op­er­at­ing from home with her jour­nal­ist hus­band Ben Aaron and their two young sons.

“We have con­tin­ued to keep our­selves and our co-work­ers and the rest of the world safe by be­ing able to work re­motely,” Zee rea­sons. “It is con­tin­ued grat­i­tude that I feel ev­ery morn­ing, even when some­thing goes trag­i­cally wrong.”

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