36: Meet Dawn Scott

Repeatedly been voted "Best News Anchor" by multiple news outlet surveys, Dawn Scott may be the closest thing we have to Little Rock's Sweetheart.

Photo by Craig O'Neill

Photo by Craig O'Neill

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood:  Dawn Scott. I am a television news anchor at THV 11, the CBS station in central Arkansas. My mom and I moved to Little Rock on my 6th birthday--I remember blowing out candles on a cake that we put on top of boxes. I left after high school, returned in 1995 to work at THV, then left for Seattle in 2002. I returned home when I found out I was pregnant with my son, and I've been here ever since. My home TV station was kind enough to bring me back on air.  I live in the Heights neighborhood.

2. Your job has allowed you to meet all sorts of people around central Arkansas. Who has been the most memorable?  Yes, because of the position I'm in,  I've had the great fortune of meeting all kinds of newsmakers - politicians, celebrities, filmmakers, musicians, everyday people who encounter unreal experiences. But not one of them holds a candle to the foster children I meet each month. They are the forgotten children in our society. They have no mom, no dad, and no one wants them. I can name each and every one I've interviewed and recall their story. They deserve homes and families. They deserve love, and I pray each day that I'm the voice they need so that the world hears their call.  

3. It's a Sunday -- what's on your agenda? Sundays are kind of agenda-free in our home. One thing that is for certain -- I spend every Sunday with my 7-year old son and my 5-year old daughter. Because our weeks are so scheduled, from school at 7:50 a.m. to my shows everyday at 5 p.m  and 6 p.m., it's essential that we have an unstructured day. Sometimes we go to church at Pulaski Heights United Methodist. Sometimes we go get donuts. Other Sundays, we stay in our pajamas all day and watch movies. We may hike Pinnacle Mountain if the weather is nice or take our dogs to the dog park. We just kind of do as we wish on Sunday. We do typically have a family dinner, and we always talk about the good parts of our week, the not-so-good parts and what we're thankful for.

4. If you could only eat at one local restaurant for a month, what would it be? Trio's is my favorite Little Rock restaurant. I love the shrimp enchiladas, spinach dip and brie. But if I could only eat there for a month, I would miss out on all my other faves like Cantina Laredo and Local Lime for Mexican and Big Orange for burgers. Peter Brave's scallops are amazing at Brave New Restaurant, and SO's french onion soup is incredible. Fantastic China is best for Chinese and U.S. Pizza is our favorite for pie and sandwiches. YaYa's has a great Sunday brunch, and Boulevard is my favorite for coffee and pastries. Little Rock has great restaurants, and I'm a bit of a foodie - so it's tough to choose! 

5. What kinds of activities do you and your family like to do together in LR? My children and I are very close, but they're both in school now and my work schedule is demanding. So when we have down time, we spend a lot of it cuddling on the couch, watching movies with a fire going when it's cold outside. We also love to be outside. We hike and take the dogs on trails.  Arkansas is so beautiful, and there are so many trails to choose. We also spend a lot of time on our family's land near Mount Magazine in the heart of the Ouachita National Forest. There are horses and cows, and at night, we build fires and cook s'mores. There's terrible phone service and TV access there, so it forces us all to be creative and come up with fun things to do! We are so so grateful to have a very tight knit group of family and friends in Little Rock, and you can typically find us sharing much of our time with them.

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