Vicki Louk Balint
Title: Multimedia journalist and health reporter
Family: Married to Frank Balint, lawyer. Children: Cory (born in 1982), who is married to Matt (born in 1981); Frankie (born in 1986), Robert (born in 1991) and Annie (born in 1992).
How do you like to spend your time away from work? I love to travel. My kids have all studied abroad so I’ve been able to visit them and share their adventures. We’ve been to Cairo, Paris and Argentina and hope to visit Uraguay this year. We’ve also hosted two exchange students—I have a Brazillan daughter and a German son.
What are some of your hobbies? Besides reading and catching up with “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men,” I like Bikram yoga, my kettle bell workout and bike riding with my husband. Is wine tasting a hobby? Yeah, that too.
If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? If you ask me right now, at this moment, I would go to Salto, Uruguay, where my son Robert is spending this year teaching English. If you ask me this summer, I will say Tuscany. We are hoping to get to both of those places this year.
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? I love trying new restaurants, I’m definitely a foodie, and exploring the cuisines of different cultures when we travel is at the top of my list. One of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had was the cheeseburger at Duff’s, a restaurant in central Virginia where I ate after a long week at choral music camp when I was 14. The food at camp had been just dreadful, and it rained every day for the entire week. We were miserable. My pal Laura and I were famished. When her parents picked us up and took us to Duff’s, it was heaven.
What perception of children did you have that changed once you had your own kids? Of course, I thought children were adorable and that I would take mine everywhere with me and life would be a breeze. I had no idea that I would worry about them so much. I have to work very, very hard on not worrying. And my children are all college age and older now.