Derek Van Dam Bio, Age, Parents, Wife, Education, CNN, Salary, Net Worth

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Derek Van Dam Biography

Derek Van Dam is an American journalist working for CNN as a weather anchor, based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. He joined CNN in September 2014 and he has been providing weather reports and silence bulletins from Mon. through Fri. and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom.

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Derek Van Dam Age

Can Dem was born on October 7, 1983, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. He is 39 years old.

Derek Van Dam Height

He stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Derek Van Dam Parents

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Dam is the son of Carole Van Dam (mother) and Thomas Van Dam (father). His parents celebrated 55 years of marriage on April 9 2022.

 

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Derek Van Dam’s Wife

Tara Hossack is married to his husband Van Dam. Tara comes from George albeit she relocated to Cape Town when she was 6 years. In addition, she’s an independent producer and freelance journalist.

In 2014, Derek popped the query at the finish line of the Comrades Marathon, in which they both participated, after a two-year affair. In August 2014, the pair then got officially married in Cape Town albeit it was a small ceremony since Van Dam had just taken a position at CNN and was required to make it over to America for his new assignment. The newlyweds spent 4 months apart and at the same time, Tara waited for her United States visa to be granted.

Additionally, Derek is a guitar player while his wife plays piano. Currently living in Atlanta with his wife, Tara Hossack, Van Dam enjoys extreme sports such as sailing and surfing. He is also a keen Ultra Marathon runner and has taken part in 2 of South Africa’s most challenging single-day road and trail events.

Derek Van Dam Children

Hossack and Van Dam have two children: Maya Sophia born on 1 March 2017 and Logan Malloy born on July 30, 2018.

Derek Van Dam Education

After studying Meteorology & Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University, Van Dam graduated with a bachelor of science in broadcast journalism (2005) and a bachelor of applied science in meteorology (2005).

Besides, Van Dam got his was “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a designation which acknowledges excellence in his field.

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Derek Van Dam is an American meteorologist working for CNN as a weather anchor, based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. He joined CNN in September 2014 and he has been providing weather reports and silence bulletins from Mon. through Fri. and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom.

Since 2016, he has reported live on location throughout U.S. landfalling hurricane such as Hurricane Nate from Biloxi, Mississippi; Hurricane Irma from Miami Beach, Florida; Hurricane Maria from San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Hurricane Harvey from Houston, Texas. He also reports comprehensively on the climate crisis and its effects on the local people.

Van Dam took part in CNN’s special live coverage of the solar eclipse from Tennessee in 2017. The team’s virtual reality coverage of ‘The Eclipse of the Century’ was acknowledged with a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Back in 2015, he flew into the heart of a huge storm during Hurricane Joaquin with the ill-famed ‘Hurricane Hunters’ U.S. Air Force squadron searching for the doomed ‘El Faro’ cargo ship that sank at the time of the storm as part of special coverage for Anderson Cooper 360°.

Derek Van Dam eNCA (eNews Channel Africa)

Before joining CNN International, as a senior meteorologist and H.O.D. Weather at eNCA (eNews Channel Africa), Van Dam was then publicly acknowledge with raising the quality and standards of weather broadcasting all over the African continent. He was also in charge of a team of 7 meteorologists and climatologists while anchoring daily weather bulletins for the station’s flagship news shows.

Van Dam’s humanitarian duties with a U.S.-based non-governmental organization (NGO) named “The Compassionate Life Foundation” attracted him to Southern Africa. He fell in love with the area, and in 2008 moved to Cape Town to pursue a special assignment around his field of work; launching South Africa’s first twenty-four hours news channel.

Prio to relocating to Africa, Van Dam was in Flint, Michigan, where he worked for an NBC affiliate as a morning weather anchor.

Derek Van Dam Accent | Nationality

For the last six years, Van Dam was a South African Journalist. Along with his American accent and commitment to pronouncing had South African place names during weather forecasting. Thereafter, he lived in America with his South African accent. Van Dam is of American Nationality and he is of white ethnic background.

Derek Van Dam Salary

He earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $110,500.

Derek Van Dam Net Worth

Van Dam has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million.

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