Derek Van Dam Career
Derek Van Dam is a skilled American journalist currently working at CNN as weather anchor based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. In addition, he provides weather reports and science bulletins on weekday and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom.
Van Dam is a “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a designation that recognizes quality in his career.
Derek Van Dam Age|Birthday
How old is Dam? He is 39 years old as of 2024. Dam was born on October 7, 1983, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. He celebrates his birthday on October 7 every year.
Derek Van Dam Education
Van Dam studied Meteorology & Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University.
Derek Van Dam Height|Weight
He stands on an average height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 70kgs
Derek Van Dam Family|Parents|Siblings
He was born in the United state, however, he has not revealed information regarding his family members. This information will be updated as soon as it is available.
Derek Van Dam Wife|Married
Van Dam is happily married to Taya Van Dam. Together they have one child. The couple resides in Atlanta, GA together with their daughter.
Derek Van Dam Children
Van Dam and his wife are blessed with one child, hence he has not disclosed information regarding his child. This information will be updated as soon as it is available.
Derek Van Dam CNN
Since 2026, Van Dam has covered live on location from every U.S. landfalling hurricane 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. Additionally, he also reports largely on the climate crisis and its impact on society. Van Dam contributed to CNN’s special live coverage of the solar eclipse from Tennessee in 2017.
The team’s virtual live coverage of ‘The Eclipse of the Century’ was awarded a 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation. Van Dam traveled to 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° in 2015.
He was credited with raising the quality and standards of weather broadcasting across the African continent in his previous position as Chief Meteorologist at eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) before joining CNN. He led a team of seven meteorologists and climatologists while anchoring daily weather bulletins for the station’s flagship news shows.
Derek Van Dam Career
As a result of his humanitarian service 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 moved to Cape Town to pursue a unique position within his field of work; establishing South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel.
Prior to relocating to Africa, he served as a morning weather anchor at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Van Dam studied Meteorology & Broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University.
Currently, he lives 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|Net Worth
Van Dam has an estimated salary ranging between $70,000 – $125,000 and has an estimated net worth of $1 Million -$5 Million which he earned from his broadcasting career.
Derek Van Dam’s Social Media Platforms
He is very active on social media platforms and has over 18.8k followers on Twitter, 5.8k followers on Instagram, and over 4k followers on Facebook.