Derek Van Dam works in CNN’s headquarters based in Atlanta. There, he works as a Meteorologist and weather anchor. He provides science bulletins and weather reports every weekday and weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Van Dam is a certified Meteorologist by the American Meteorologist Society (AMS). It is a designation that recognizes greatness in his field.
Derek Van Dam Bio: Age, Early Life, Education
Grand Rapids, Michigan was the birthplace of Darek Van Dam. He majored in Meteorology and Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University. Derek Van Dam worked as a morning weather anchor after college. He worked at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. Van Dam was credited with raising the quality and standards of weather broadcasting across the African continent with his previous position as Chief Meteorologist, before joining CNN International.
Darek Van Dam is an American TV personality and was born on October 7, 1983. His birthplace is in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is 38 years old as of 2020.
Derek Van Dam Career Details
Derek Van Dam worked as a morning weather anchor after college. He worked at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. Commencing a journalism career in early 2005, he worked there for three years from early 2005 until February 2008. Van Dam was credited with raising the quality and standards of weather broadcasting across the African continent with his previous position as Chief Meteorologist, before joining CNN International.
There, he managed a team of seven meteorologists and climatologists while anchoring daily weather bulletins for the flagship news shows of the station. He first came to South Africa due to his humanitarian work with a U.S based non-government-organization (NGO) called “The Compassionate Life Foundation”. He literally fell in love with the region and relocated to Cape town in 2008 to pursue a unique position within his field of work. He joined ENCA and e.TV almost a month later starting from March 2008 until July 2014. He saw and managed the strategic direction of the ENCA (E-News Channel Africa) and e.TV weather department for Seven long years.
Derek Van Dam worked joined the 3News Channel in Africa and worked there as chief meteorologist for the network and he also lived there in Africa while working there.
For all platforms, he worked as Chief Meteorologist. Presenting weather and science bulletins on E.TV Primetime (7 pm) and ENCA during Newsnight (4 pm-12 pm). Derek’s more significant career aspiration of joining CNN came true just after two months after his ENCA exit.
In September 2015, Darek Van Dam joined the CNN network. For more than five years he worked as a Meteorologist for CNN. He also has the role of an on-air anchor with CNN International and HLN (Headline News) apart from all of this.
Van Dam flew into the eye of a major storm in 2015 during Hurricane Joaquin with the infamous “Hurricane Hunters” of the U.S. Air Force squadron looking for the doomed cargo ship “El Faro” ship that sank during the storm as a part of special coverage for Anderson Cooper 360°.
In 2016, Darrek reported live on every U.S. landfalling hurricane location. Which includes Hurricane Maria from San Juan, Puerto Rico; Hurricane Harvey from Houston, Texas; Hurricane Nate from Biloxi, Mississippi; and Hurricane Irma from Miami Beach, Florida. He reports on the climate crisis and its impact on society very extensively.
Van Dam contributed to CNN’S special live coverage of the solar eclipse in 2017 from Tennessee. In 2018, the virtual reality coverage of “The Eclipse of the Century” from the team was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.
In 2008, Derek Van Dam came to Cape Town to pursue his passion and a unique position within his field of work. And successfully launched South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel.
Derek Van Dam Net Worth
Derek Van Dam must have earned a large sum of the net worth from his professional career. But he has not revealed his exact net worth, salary, or income.
Derek Van Dam Wife
Derek Van dam is married to a beautiful woman named Tara. He cherishes his marital life as well as his professional career on CNN. Van Dam and his wife Tara, both have been part of many marathon events together as a couple.
Derek Van Dam Children
The beautiful couple has two children named Maya Sophia and Logan Malloy.