Derek Van Dam Biography
Derek Van Dam is a well-known American journalist who works as a weather anchor for Atlanta-based CNN. It also offers weather reports and science bulletins in the weekday and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom. He joined the station in September 2014 and has been working at the station ever since. 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 role as Chief Meteorologist at eNCA.
Furthermore, he was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. After high school, Derek enrolled at Central Michigan University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and broadcast journalism. Shortly after college, Van Dam was hired as a morning weather anchor at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. There he worked for a while, then moved and joined 3News Channel Africa in Africa, where he was tasked with running various awareness programs.
In addition, he also fell in love with the place and in 2008 he moved to Cape Town to improve his skills and experience in the field. Furthermore, Derek was a member of USA, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which stands for “The Compassionate Life Foundation”. In addition, he also worked as a chief meteorologist at eNCA, where he was praised for providing weather broadcast quality and standards across the African continent. While there, he also joined seven meteorologists and climatologists as he anchored daily weather reports for the station’s main newscasts.
After that, he joined CNN International, where he currently works. During his time on the network, Van Dam has covered extensive reporting such as the climate crisis, Hurricane Harvey from Houston, Texas; Hurricane Maria de San Juan and Florida; and Hurricane Nate of Biloxi. In addition, he also covered the major storm during Hurricane Joaquin with the US Air Force’s infamous ‘Hurricane Hunters’ squadron in search of the doomed cargo ship ‘El Faro’ that sank during the storm as part of special coverage for Anderson Cooper 360° .
In 2018, Van Dam won the Edward R.Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation for its coverage of the solar eclipse. He also holds a “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a designation that recognizes excellence in his field. He is currently CNN’s weather anchor based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta.
Derek Van Dam’s age
How old is Derek? He is 39 years old in 2023. Van Dam was born in October 7, 1983 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Furthermore, he celebrates his birthday on 7th of October every year.
Derek Van Dam Height/Weight
Van Dam stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches high. he weighs around 70kg.
Derek Van Dam’s Wife
Is Derek married or dating? He is happily married to his beloved and beautiful wife Tara Hossack. Tara is an independent producer and freelance journalist. The couple exchanged vows in August 2014 in Cape Town in a small ceremony, as Van Dam had just joined CNN and needed to go to America for his new job. The newlyweds had to live apart for four months while Tara waited for her visa to be granted. Furthermore, Hossack plays the piano while her husband plays the guitar. The family currently resides in Atlanta.
Derek Van Dam’s Children
The two are proud parents of two adorable children. They welcomed their first daughter on March 1, 2017, followed by their son, Logan Malloy, born on July 31, 2018.
Derek Van Dam Family
Derek was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents Tom Van Dam and Carole Van Dam. Not much is revealed about her parents or siblings. Therefore, it is unknown whether he is an only child or not.
Derek Van Dam Net Worth
How much does Derek earn? He has an approximate net worth of between $1 million – $5 million dollars. His career is the main source of his income, which has allowed him to live a luxurious lifestyle.
Derek Van Dam Salary
Van Dam receives an estimated salary ranging from $45,000 to $100,000 dollars. This is according to the current station report.