Mom Next Door: Samantha DaviesBy Nicole Jordan
Samantha Davies is a familiar face for early birds across Dallas-Fort Worth. A meteorologist and traffic reporter for NBC 5, Davies occupies the early slot, reporting weekdays from 4:30–7am.
With a deep-rooted interest in weather and an aptitude for science and mathematics, she is a natural.
“I’ve always been interested in the weather,” says the Plano mom of two: Anna-Sophia, 2, and Alexander, 4 months. “I grew up in upstate New York, so we had snow from October through March. I was glued to the weather as a kid.”
In 2004, Davies graduated with her bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the State University of New York College Oneonta. Before joining NBC 5 in 2009, she appeared on national programs including the Today show, NBC Nightly News and CNBC.
Now, the 35-year-old has her “dream job” and, with husband Miguel, a picture-perfect family to go with it. But she’s the first to admit it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
“I’ve had to learn to say no to things,” says Davies. “If I spread myself too thin, I feel terrible. I need to be on it for the kids so I really try to prioritize.”
You're celebrating nine years with NCB 5 this month. What have you learned?
I’ve really fallen in love with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. And the station is fantastic—it’s like a big family. I’ve worked every single shift over the years. There’s a lot of opportunity here.
What made you choose meteorology?
We were vacationing in Florida and were part of the evacuation effort from Hurricane Andrew. I remember being a little girl in the hotel room and seeing the Weather Channel [news crew] outside our window. I could see the girl reporting on the weather and realized, “Wow, this is really a big deal.”
What do you love most about your work?
I really love forecasting. That’s the science geek in me. I like looking at the numbers and trying to figure out what’s going to happen. I also love warning people when it comes to severe weather because I think about my own family. I want to help people. Having kids definitely changed the way I look at my work.
Is there a female reporter you look up to?
I really look up to [NBC News meteorologist] Dylan Dreyer. She does it all, and it seems like she’s always traveling. I think it’s amazing.
What would people be most surprised to learn about your job?
There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Forecasting takes a couple hours of my day.
What time do you wake up?
Around 1am. There’s a lot of prep that goes into getting ready to go on air. Plus, getting out the door is a lot because I try to make sure everything in my house is ready for my kids when they wake up.
When do you go to bed?
I take a nap when my kids nap in the afternoon and go to bed around 8 or 8:30pm. I try to get my seven to eight hours of sleep; it’s just split in two.
Was it difficult to adjust to these hours?
It’s more difficult now that I have kids. I really have to make sleep a priority.
If you had gone a completely different direction in your career, what do you think you'd be doing?
I’ve wanted to be a meteorologist since I was a kid. But I think being a nutritionist would be a lot of fun. I love researching what food does to your body. We eat a lot of fresh food and try not to eat anything processed. I make everything at home.
What does your support system look like?
My parents moved out here about two years ago and have been a lifesaver.
What do you do to take care of yourself?
I love exercise classes. I try to do yoga or a barre method class.
How do you and Miguel stay connected?
We try to do a date night once a month. Our favorite thing to do is to go out and try new restaurants.
How did Anna-Sophia react to the new baby?
Everybody kept saying there would be jealousy, but she’s been great. She’s obsessed with the baby. Hopefully, it stays that way.
Was it a total game-changer to add number two?
He’s a really good baby, so it’s not bad. Everything just takes twice as long.
Is two the magic number?
I really love having a sister so it makes me sad that Anna-Sophia doesn’t have a sister. Three isn’t out of the question, but I know there’s no guarantee I would have a girl. Right now, we’re set with two.
What do you love most about being a mom?
Watching them grow up and experience new things. We went to Hawaii this summer and Anna-Sophia got to see the ocean for the first time. That kind of stuff is really fun.
What's most difficult about motherhood?
Keeping my kids on a schedule is difficult, but it’s totally worth it.
How has motherhood changed you as a person?
I’m more caring, gentle and nurturing. I’m extremely happy. I feel very complete right now.
Best piece of parenting advice someone has given you?
Slow down and savor every moment because it goes by so fast.
Never wake a sleeping baby.
What's next for you personally?
Getting out of baby mode. Right now, there’s a lot of coordination, packing and logistics. It’ll be nice when our kids are a little more independent. I’m looking forward to evolving as a family and having a little more time for myself and my husband.
This is my dream job so I just want to keep going. I don’t have further aspirations right now. That may change in five or 10 years, but right now I love what I’m doing, and I’m so thankful I get to do it.
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