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Derek Van Dam Profile
Derek Van Dam is an American weather anchor for CNN based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. He provides weather reports and science bulletins on weekday and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom. Additionally, he reports extensively on the climate crisis and its impact on society.
Derek Van Dam Age
Dam is 40 years old as of 2023, he was born on 7th October 1983 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America. Additionally, he celebrates his 7th October every year.
Derek Van Dam Height
He stands at an average height of 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Derek Van Dam Family
Derek has neither disclosed the names of his parents nor those of his siblings as he likes to keep his personal life private. However, we will update this information as soon as it is available.
Derek Van Dam Wife
Dam is happily married to his beautiful wifeTara Hossack. Tara is originally from George though she moved to Cape Town when she was six years. She is an independent producer and freelance journalist. The couple got engaged in 2015 during the Comrades Marathons. Additionally, the couple is blessed with two children a daughter named Maya Sophie who was born on 1st March 2017, and a son Logan Malloy Who was born on 31st July 2018. The family resides in Atlanta, GA.
Derek Van Dam Career
Derek was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he studied Meteorology & Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University. Van Dam is a “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a designation that recognizes excellence in his field. Van Dam has reported live on location from every U.S. landfalling hurricane since 2016 including Hurricane Harvey from Houston, Texas; Hurricane Maria from San Juan, Puerto Rico; Hurricane Irma from Miami Beach, Florida; and Hurricane Nate from Biloxi, Mississippi.
He also reports extensively on the climate crisis and its impact on society. In 2017 he contributed to CNN’s special live coverage of the solar eclipse from Tennessee. The team’s virtual reality coverage of ‘The Eclipse of the Century’ was recognized with a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation. In 2015 Van Dam flew into the eye of a major storm during Hurricane Joaquin with the infamous ‘Hurricane Hunters’ U.S. Air Force squadron looking for the doomed ‘El Faro cargo ship that sank during the storm as part of special coverage for Anderson Cooper 360°.
Derek Van Dam eNews Channel Africa
Prior to joining CNN International, Van Dam was credited with raising the quality and standards of weather broadcasting across the African continent with his previous position as Chief Meteorologist at eNCA (eNews Channel Africa). He managed a team of seven meteorologists and climatologists while anchoring daily weather bulletins for the station’s flagship news shows. His humanitarian work with a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO) called “The Compassionate Life Foundation” is what first brought him to Southern Africa.
He fell in love with the region, and in 2008 relocated to Cape Town to pursue a unique position within his field of work; launching South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel. Before moving to Africa, he worked as a morning weather anchor at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. Currently residing in Atlanta with his wife, Van Dam enjoys extreme sports including surfing and sailing. He is also an avid Ultra Marathon runner and has participated in two of South Africa’s toughest single-day road and trail events.
Derek Van Dam Salary
He has an estimated annual salary of $30,000 to $80,000 from his career at CNN News.
Derek Van Dam Net Worth
Dam has an estimated annual Networth of $ 1 million to $5 million earned from his career as a Weather Anchor.
Derek Van Dam Social Media Platforms
Dam is very active on his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. He has 19.1k followers on Twitter, 8.2k followers on Instagram, and 29k followers on Facebook.