As the chief meteorologist at News 2, Danielle’s always prepared to weather the storm. Managing crazy live broadcast appearances requires her to be camera-ready 24/7. But she still makes time to connect with her community… and loves every moment.
Work & Life
TNE: Where did you find the love for what you do?
DB: I found my calling when a meteorologist by the name of Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz spoke to my eighth-grade class.
TNE: An influential woman is…
DB: A strong, intelligent leader in her field and community.
TNE: What excites you to get out of bed every morning?
DB: My job at News 2. They say that if you love what you do you never work a day in your life-I agree!
TNE: What is a life lesson you wish you had learned sooner?
DB: I believe in forgiveness. Life is too short.
TNE: Quote, mantra, or saying that has meaning in your life…
DB: “Carpe Diem.” It means seize the day and it is the way I live my life.
TNE: Who in your life has made a major impact?
DB: My parents have been there through everything, from driving me to sporting events as a kid to helping me with moving to new locations for my career. They are my rocks along with my husband Joe Breezy.
TNE: Sunny escape…
DB: I love Mexico and Bora Bora but will take any beach as long as there are fruity drinks involved.
TNE: How to deal with negative comments?
DB: Kill them with kindness. I have learned you can turn a troll into a fan just by being nice.
TNE: Reaction to being named one of Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40?
DB: Genuinely so honored and humbled! I feel lucky to be named alongside such an amazing group of individuals.
TNE: Something people wouldn’t expect about a meteorologist?
DB: As a television meteorologist, most people assume I read from a teleprompter. That is not the case. I adlib everything I do. From a 30-second tease to 3-minute main weather to several hours of tornado coverage it is all coming from off the top of my head.
TNE: How do you prepare yourself for early mornings or late nights at work?
DB: I try to do a quick run before the long day to de-stress. I also pack a lot of snacks and caffeinated drinks to get me through the late nights.
TNE: What meaningful lesson have you learned through quarantine and how do you plan to incorporate that mindset or lesson into your life moving forward?
DB: I learned to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy all of life’s precious moments. It also helped me to slow down a little bit which helped me to do just that.
TNE: Due to the pandemic, many people are now working from home. What are your best tips, tricks, and advice for a productive at-home workspace?
DB: I am an essential employee so I never got to work from home, but when I do work from home, I try to keep the tv off and work in silence. This helps so I don’t get distracted and can get work done fast.
TNE: What’s the ideal way to start your day?
DB: Since I am a weather geek, I tend to go outside and look at the radar first thing. Then, after I have my cup of coffee, I am ready to go.
TNE: How do you stay energized?
DB: I take lots of vitamins, and I try to eat healthily.
TNE: Favorite way to wind down…
DB: I relax with a good glass of wine or a massage. I love a spa day!
TNE: What do you never leave home without?
DB: My cell phone. I like to stay connected.
TNE: Most random thing we might find in your bag…
DB: Headphones. I always keep a pair in case I go out live or need to listen to something quietly.
TNE: Who do you count on for glam?
DB: I have two hair stylists: Lauren Riley at Mae Organic Beauty and Lacey Campbell at Parlour 3 in Brentwood. I’ll admit, I’m a little high maintenance when it comes to my hair! Wendy at Lavish Nails gives the best mani-pedi, and my friend Amber Cruth at OVME works magic on my face.
TNE: Is there a foolproof product you can’t live without?
DB: Oribe Root Touch-Up Spray. It hides my gray roots! I also love Sugar Tropic Tan Bronzer because I like to look like I’ve been at the beach.
TNE: Best ways to stay camera- ready?
DB: I go to Anastacia Skin Studio once a week. Spray tans are a lifesaver. I always keep pressed powder, lip gloss, and hairspray on hand for touch-ups.
TNE: Beauty secrets for rainy or humid weather?
DB: Can I say a hat? Ha! There are no secrets except having an umbrella and try to get inside. On days like those, less makeup is better!
TNE: Why is giving back so important for you?
DB: I think as someone who is the public eye it is important to serve the community you live in. After all, if a meteorologist didn’t come to my school and talk about the weather I may not be where I am today. So, I visit schools every week to try to pay it forward to the next generation.
TNE: How has moving around shaped your view of Nashville?
DB: Nashville is an awesome blend of the best characteristics from all of the cities I’ve lived in. My career has taken me to Salisbury, Oklahoma City, Dallas, and Boston. I’m originally from Philadelphia. Nashville’s authentic hospitality truly makes it such a warm and inviting place to live.
TNE: How long have you been in Nashville?
DB: June 2016.
TNE: Your neighborhood…
DB: The Gulch. Everything is so close! We can be at a show at Bridgestone in five minutes or walk to a Titans game.
TNE: The best spot for a drink…
DB: LA Jackson on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel. The view is killer, and the atmosphere is amazing.
TNE: Top choice for date night…
DB: Kayne Prime is the best. We love the food, drinks, and service.
TNE: My closet is full of…
DB: Lilly Pulitzer. I’m just as likely to find something to go out in as I am to find pieces I can wear on-air. It’s perfect!
TNE: Places you get exercise (gym, parks, wherever)…
DB: I work out in the gym in my building, but I also love Barry’s Bootcamp and CycleBar. We also walk our dog, Lucy, but she’s sixteen now so we don’t venture too far from home.
TNE: Meeting friends for coffee or wine…
DB: Sambuca for sure. The live music adds a nice touch plus I can walk there.
TNE: One thing you love most about living in Music City…
DB: I love how close everything is from the Gulch! We can literally go to a show at Bridgestone within 5 minutes and can walk to a Titans game. It is so convenient! Plus, I do love all the live music.
TNE: The thing that you don’t love so much…
DB: The scooters. I don’t love how they are just left wherever and personally I think they are dangerous.
TNE: The perfect day off in Nashville includes…
DB: Spending some alone time with my husband, then meeting up with friends to watch a game or catch some live music.
TNE: Community and charity involvements close to your heart…
DB: I’m on the board of the T.J. Martell Foundation and host the red carpet for their annual gala. I’m also involved with the American Meteorological Society Board of Broadcast, the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, and the St. Jude “Dream Home” campaign. This year, I’ll be acting as the Chair of the American Red Cross Lifesaver Breakfast. I can’t wait!
TNE: Favorite local events…
DB: I love the Steeplechase and being a part of the Affair of the Hat with my close friend Stacey Rhodes. Finally, I love the CMA Awards week in Nashville because of all the music we get to hear and stars we get to see up close and personal. Plus, the CMA Awards Program airs on News 2! What a treat!