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. (Read our first interview with Davies after the birth of her first child.) “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.”
One-on-One with Samantha Davies
DFWChild: You’re celebrating nine years with NCB 5 this month. What have you learned?
Samantha Davies: 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.
C: What made you choose meteorology?
SD: 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.”
C: What do you love most about your work?
SD: 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.
C: Is there a female reporter you look up to?
SD: 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.
C: What would people be most surprised to learn about your job?
SD: There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. Forecasting takes a couple hours of my day.
C: What time do you wake up?
SD: 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.
C: When do you go to bed?
SD: 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.
C: Was it difficult to adjust to these hours?
SD: It’s more difficult now that I have kids. I really have to make sleep a priority.
C: If you had gone a completely different direction in your career, what do you think you’d be doing?
SD: 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.
C: What does your support system look like?
SD: My parents moved out here about two years ago and have been a lifesaver.
C: What do you do to take care of yourself?
SD: I love exercise classes. I try to do yoga or a barre method class.
C: How do you and Miguel stay connected?
SD: We try to do a date night once a month. Our favorite thing to do is to go out and try new restaurants.
C: How did Anna-Sophia react to the new baby?
SD: Everybody kept saying there would be jealousy, but she’s been great. She’s obsessed with the baby. Hopefully, it stays that way.
C: Was it a total game-changer to add number two?
SD: He’s a really good baby, so it’s not bad. Everything just takes twice as long.
C: Is two the magic number?
SD: 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.
C: What do you love most about being a mom?
SD: 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.
C: What’s most difficult about motherhood?
SD: Keeping my kids on a schedule is difficult, but it’s totally worth it.
C: How has motherhood changed you as a person?
SD: I’m more caring, gentle and nurturing. I’m extremely happy. I feel very complete right now.
C: Best piece of parenting advice someone has given you?
SD: Slow down and savor every moment because it goes by so fast.
C: Worst advice?
SD: Never wake a sleeping baby.
C: What’s next for you personally?
SD: 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.
C: And professionally?
SD: 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.
Samantha Davies’ Local Hotspots
Want to know where NBC5 traffic and weather reporter hangs out? Well, it depends on the weather (obviously). Here the mom-of-two divulges her local spots to eat and play.
1. Getting a fix of her favorite home town fare …
“I miss New York’s Italian food and bakeries. Jimmy’s is one of my favorite spots in Dallas.”
“Everything is so good. We usually grab a sandwich and bottle of wine and then end up buying a ton of stuff to take home.”
Jimmy’s Food Store // 4901 Bryan St., Dallas; 214/823-6180
2. When the forecast calls for rain…
“If it’s a rainy or cold day, we love going to the Gaylord or NorthPark to see the ducks and turtles.”
Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center // 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine; 817/778-1000
NorthPark Center // 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas; 214/363-7441
“There are so many parks, and one of our favorites is Klyde Warren. We also love Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and the Heard Museum. That’s one of the great things about living here: There are so many great activities for kids.”
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve // 6701 W. Parker Road, Plano; 972/941-7000
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary // 1 Nature Place, McKinney; 972/562-5566
Klyde Warren Park // 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas; 214/716-4500
4. Dining al fresco…
“My husband and I love the patio at Del Frisco’s grille in uptown for date night.”
Del Frisco’s Grille // 3232 McKinney Ave., Suite 175, Dallas; 469/480-8666
5. Celebrating the arrival of spring…
“We go to the Dallas Arboretum around Easter every spring.”
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden // 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; 214/515-6615
This interview was originally published in January 2018.
Photography by Carter Rose