NBC meteorologist had pandemic experiences at home
A co-host of the NBC program’s third weekday hour and the meteorologist on the weekend editions, Dreyer has had plenty of experience with the coronavirus pandemic. Not only did she work remotely from home after giving birth to her second son, her NBC News-cameraman husband Brian Fichera had a bout with the illness. He has recovered, but before he tested positive, Dreyer feared she was coming down with it herself. (That turned out to be a case of tissue inflammation.)
“I’m extremely happy” to be back in Studio 1A in New York’s Rockefeller Center, the ever-pleasant Dreyer confirms. “It has made my mornings so much easier, not having to deal with two little kids and a husband” while also broadcasting, she notes with a chuckle.
“Every day, you just sort of went through the motions. You made it through every day, and at the end of the day when you put your head on the pillow, it was like, ’Oh, my goodness.’ It was exhausting because you were spreading yourself so thin. You couldn’t really give 100 percent to anything you were doing, and there was this guilt that set in: ‘You really should be focusing more on work’ or, ‘You should be focusing more on the kids.’ Luckily for me, the whole work-from-home thing happened while I was still on maternity leave. In that way, it was a blessing.”
The personality who also hosts NBC’s Saturday-morning show “Earth Odyssey With Dylan Dreyer” allows it was a readjustment to return to the studio with other “Today” talent and crew.
“When I first went back, it felt like the first day of school,” she reflects. “I was excited to see everybody, but I was nervous. It had been seven months since I had been there, but it’s that thing like riding a bike; you realize you’re familiar with everybody you work with, and it’s a comfortable space. But at the same time, it’s different because there are so few people there, and you have this new protocol.”