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Tammara J. "Tammie" Souza is an multiple Chicago/Midwest Emmy winning meteorologist, working at WTSPmarker in Tampa Baymarker, Floridamarker.

Personal life

Souza was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker and raised in San Diego, Californiamarker. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State Universitymarker, and received a degree from Mississippi State Universitymarker's broadcast meteorology program. She earned a pilot's license while in college.

Broadcast career

Souza began her career as the morning and noon meteorologist at KHSL in Chico, Californiamarker. She then became chief meteorologist at WDJTmarker in Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker. Souza later moved to Chicago, where she worked six years at WMAQmarker, and two years at WFLDmarker. While at WMAQ, she was known for recruiting viewers to provide temperature and rainfall as "weather watchers", and for visiting of gradeschools 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's sister, Patty, was a meteorologist for WTSP's sister station KXTVmarker. At one point, Tammie and Patty Souza were the only siblings in the United States who delivered weather on television.

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.

Awards and nominations

Presented to her by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Souza has 15 Emmy Nominations and five 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 Michiganmarker. The National Association of Black Journalists recognized her with a nomination for her story about fugitive slave ships on Lake Michigan.

Acting career

Prior to her career in broadcast meteorology, Souza had several small acting roles.




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