Anchor Mom: Melissa Frey

Frey FamilyBy morning, I’m a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist who absolutely loves forecasting the weather and delivering it each morning and midday on KEZI 9 News. By afternoon, I’m a busy mom of a 3-year-old with a baby on the way and a happy wife to my high school sweetheart of over 10 years now.

My day starts early…very early at 2:00 a.m. when my cellphone alarm goes off, playing my favorite song of the week.  I listen for a few seconds before turning it off and peacefully drifting back to sleep. Five minutes later my actual alarm clock with the classic ear piercing beeping goes off across the room. I frantically fly out of bed in hopes of turning it off before waking up my husband Tim and most certainly before waking up my 3-year-old son Jonathan in the room next door.

I’m up, I’m awake, and I’m ready to start the day! I tiptoe around the house getting ready for work and enjoy a very quiet, traffic free commute.

I love walking into the newsroom each morning. I work with a fantastic team which makes it that much easier to be at work while my family is sound asleep at home.

Not only do I get to know what the weather is going to be like hours before most people are awake, but I have the job of making sure everyone else is prepared for whatever weather may be coming into Oregon that week. I’ve always loved the weather and being a meteorologist is a dream come true!

The work day is fast paced and never the same two days in a row. Before I can blink it’s time to leave and pick up Jonathan from preschool. The short drive between work and his school is the only transition time I have to go from “Meteorologist” to “Mommy,” but most days his bright smile and eagerness to greet me makes the transition an easy one.

I may start my day early, but it means I’m left with the entire afternoon to enjoy being home with my son. We’re always looking for new activities, games and crafts to do at home and places to go in the community. We absolutely love western Oregon and all that it has to offer. There is never a dull moment that’s for sure!

Life is about to get even busier with a little girl on the way in early June. I still consider myself a “new mom” and can take all the tips I can get for raising a toddler and back to life with a newborn. If you have found a hidden gem for kids in western Oregon or a fun activity that you do with your family or you’re ever just looking for a weather forecast for your child’s birthday party, please drop me a line!

~Melissa Frey

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