**Update: As of October 7, 2016, Steve Darling was let go from Global BC. No specific reason as to why. Here is a link to a story from the Vancouver Sun.
Steve Darling is well-known as the co-host of Global BC Morning News for more than 10 years. What you may not know is that Steve is also a big hockey fan, a great supporter of charity events like the ALS Society of BC and Ronald McDonald house and a dedicated family man. Married to his wife Jen since 2006, Steve also has two little ones, 5-year old Hayley and 2-year old Hunter.
How does this busy morning show host wake up at 2:30am to get to work on time, coach his daughter’s soccer team, play ice hockey and still find time for date night? I had a chance to ask him about that and about how he manages to find the right balance.
As a busy, working dad, how do you find balance between career and family?
I think it is tough on any family with both parents working. I am in a lucky position doing the morning show. Yes I get up at 2:30 in the morning but I am able to be home at a decent time during the day so I can have time with my son Hunter and pick up or be with my daughter after school. I also take our dog Lucy out for a walk when I get home.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I work with great people. I spend a lot of time with Sophie, Mark, Kaitlyn and our crew. We are a tight unit and have a ton of fun together. I also like the fact we get to cover the hard news of the day but also try to send people off to work or school with a smile.
As the anchor of a well-known morning show, how does being in the spotlight affect you and your family?
I have no problem with it. When people come up to say hi and say that they love the show, it is a great compliment. Hey, without our viewers, we may have to work for a living. As far as my wife and kids are concerned, I tend to be more protective of them. For the most part everyone is very nice.
What things do you like to do together as a family?
We do a lot of sports together. My daughter is in soccer (which I coach,) swimming, and ice skating. My son is in soccer, swimming and floor hockey. My wife is in soccer as well. I play soccer, golf and ice hockey. So we are an on-the-go type of family. We have a membership to the aquarium and love heading there. Plus we do a lot of walks with our dog Lucy.
What is the best thing about being a father?
I think seeing them grow into little people. My daughter started kindergarten this year and one of friends was have a hard time being away from her mom. Hayley helped her through it and received a award from her teacher. She is a great leader. My son loves sports and playing indoor hockey together is so much fun.
What is the most challenging thing about being a dad?
I think keeping up with their energy. My kids are always so busy. Sometimes it might be nice to just do nothing.
Two young kids keep parents very busy, how do you and your wife Jen maintain your own relationship?
We try to make sure we have some us time. Now that our son is two, we feel better about leaving them with the babysitter. I MC a lot of dinners so it’s nice when Jen is able to come with me. It makes for a fun night.
If you ever get ME time, what do you like to do?
What is me time? Haha. Hockey is a fun distraction. Also, some buddies get together to watch Monday night football. Most of my time is spent making sure my kids are happy.
What is once piece of parenting advice you have learned over the years that you can share with readers?
With kids just 2 and 5. I am not sure I can offer parenting advice. If I had to offer something it would be patience. I find that it is a parents best asset. Oh and good negotiating skills. Boy kids can negotiate. Haha.
UPDATE: Many readers have been coming to this article in search for information about Steve Darlings recent health and weight changes. Click on this link to find out all the details of his lifestyle changes and how he made it all happen.