You know that special something between some couples that you pick up on right away? The way they glance at each other or break into the biggest smile just at the mention of a certain time or place? That couple whose “meet cute” is better than any romantic comedy?
Meet Gadi Schwartz and Kimi Tobin. They are that couple.
We know them as award-winning newscasters on TV covering breaking stories. Schwartz is a national correspondent for NBC News, host of @Overview on Peacock and “Stay Tuned” on @Snapchat. You’ve seen Tobin all around L.A., from Long Beach to Santa Clarita, covering stories for NBC4. We were thrilled to recently get to know them better as parents-to-be during our Zoom podcast interview with them while they spoke to us from their home in L.A.
The couple is expecting their first child, a girl, in June. You can listen to the full conversation on our L.A. Parent podcast, where the couple takes us through how they ended up dating (different cities, a news station in common, Schwartz’s mom, a snowstorm — it was meant to be) to moving to L.A., life as TV journalists, a pandemic pregnancy and getting ready for their baby girl.
Do you find the journalist in you wants to document every moment of your pregnancy?
Schwartz: We were documenting before we were pregnant. On our honeymoon, we were telling our future kids how amazing this place was. We want our kids to eventually see us as people. Also, both of our families live in different states, and we want to share this experience with them. Sometimes, I look at Kimi and she’s just so beautiful, and I want to share that.
Tobin: Everyone tells us that once the baby comes, the days will be a blur. We want to document the moments so we don’t miss them. We keep a diary. We talk to them about what life is like before they came.
How has your pandemic pregnancy been going?
Tobin: I know a lot of couples have gone through this, and one of the hardest parts is not having Gadi at my ultrasound appointments. He is always on FaceTime, but not having him in the room is hard.
Schwartz: It’s such a vulnerable experience, and you stress about so many things. Kimi was a carrier for four different genetic diseases. I was tested and am a carrier for two, but luckily they didn’t match up. It’s scary and you want your partner there. One of the unexpected joys of the pandemic is having extra time together. I travel so often for assignments. Before the pandemic, I was away for 290 nights in one year. To go from that to being here most of the time, working from home — that’s something that would never happen.
How prepared are you feeling for parenthood?
Schwartz: We’re both covering difficult topics, and when we come home we’re always there for each other. I know that will continue for us. Also, every day is different in our profession. Hopefully, that flexibility will give us the ability to rise to any struggle or obstacle.
Tobin: We’re used to long hours, early mornings, late nights, working holidays. We have had two Christmases off together in the last eight years. We’ve learned to make our own time together. I had to go from my Type-A personality and learn to let go and trust that we’ll make it work. I want to check all my boxes, read all the books. But sometimes it’s better to throw out the routine.
Best advice you’ve received?
Schwartz: Trust yourself to make the right decisions. That’s very comforting. Also, that kids are time personified. The second you have a baby, you see time passing through this person.
Tobin: That it’s OK to feel a spectrum of emotions, that sometimes you might feel the opposite of what you expected.
Raising kids in a multicultural family is part of the fabric of our city. How do you plan to bring traditions into your family?
Tobin: We’re lucky we have family all over. My mom is of Japanese descent and is from Hawaii but lives in Arizona now. My dad is Irish. I grew up with different cultures and have a real appreciation for it. Now, we’ll add Gadi’s Latino side. I’m hoping to learn Spanish right along with our kids.
Schwartz: I was born in Guatemala City, and I plan to take our daughter there and to teach her Spanish. I’m also Baha’I, which believes in learning about every religion. I’m really excited to share that with our daughter.
How did your world change when you discovered you were going to become parents?
Schwartz: All the things you thought were so important just pale [in comparison] to this little miracle. This is what matters the most.
Tobin: You join the tribe. It’s this open secret. And now you get it: Your entire world revolves around this little family unit. The stories that I cover now hit me harder and differently. I feel so connected to stories of kids and moms. It opens your eyes to so many different things.
What are you most looking forward to doing with your daughter out and about in L.A.?
Tobin: The beach. We want her to appreciate nature, go camping and hiking. Food is also important to me, and in L.A. we can go on food adventures in different neighborhoods. That’s what’s great about L.A. — it’s huge and small at the same time.
Schwartz: It’s a moment that I see in my mind. I grew up rafting, and the idea of having my daughter sitting with me and rafting together — that future memory fills me with so much joy.