Souza was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in San Diego, California. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State University, and is completing graduate studies for a master's degree in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University and has received a certification from Mississippi State University's broadcast meteorology program. She earned a pilot's license while in college.
Souza began her career as the morning and noon meteorologist at KHSL in Chico, California. She then became chief meteorologist at WDJT in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Souza later moved to Chicago, where she worked six years at WMAQ, and two years at WTSP in Tampa, Florida. While at WMAQ, she was known for recruiting viewers to provide temperature and rainfall as "weather watchers", and for visiting of grade schools with an interactive and educational weather presentation called Weather With Class.
After the death of Dick Fletcher, WTSP's longtime chief meteorologist, Souza was hired to be the station's chief meteorologist.
Souza is one of a handful of women nationwide that holds both the prestigious AMS/CBM Seal and the NWA Seal and sits on the boards of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. After her leaving WTSP in 2011, Jim Van Fleet took over with the Chief Meteorologist name.
In 2017 she joined Comcast-NBC-owned WCAU-TV 10 in Philadelphia, PA. While in a smaller market than New York City, WCAU is considered by some to be the "flagship" of the NBC Owned and Operated (O&O) stations because the Comcast Headquarters are located in Philadelphia.
Awards and nominations
Presented to her by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Souza has 17 Emmy Nominations and six Emmy Awards, including Best Weathercast, Best Weather and Science Report and for special Live Reporting, as well as a 1st Place award from the Associated Press for a report on Shipwreck Diving in Lake Michigan. The National Association of Black Journalists recognized her with a nomination for her story about fugitive slave ships on Lake Michigan.
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