AwareNow: Issue 28: The Mental Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GINGER ZEE

NOT A WEATHER GIRL MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE OF THE STORM

Chief Meteorologist of ABC News, Ginger Zee is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), but don’t you dare call her a ‘weather girl’. Ginger has done more than meteorology. In addition to greeting our nation with news of the weather every morning on Good Morning America, she’s danced with Val on Dancing With The Stars and answered to Alex on Jeopardy. Beyond this, she’s a mother to Adrian and Miles, a wife to Ben, and a New York Times Best Selling Author who is an inspiration to millions as an advocate for mental health awareness. ALLIÉ: When did you fall in love, Ginger, with the science of our atmosphere, climate and weather? Can you recall the moment you decided you wanted to become a meteorologist?

GINGER: Yes, it is a vivid memory. Being on lake Michigan, when I was a child, most kids don't get a chance to live at the lake and I certainly had not before this particular summer in the late eighties. It was after my parents divorced. My mom was dating our dentist, and he had a place on the lake. I say that because it was really privilege and access that allowed me to have this vision and view that was clear as day.

You could see across the lake every morning, and it was this constant changing picture. And I remember being very fascinated by what I would see in the distance. That was a very stormy summer, and I would see thunderstorms. Sometimes they would come across the lake and come right at us. It would rain, and the wind would be horrible.

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