Tammie Souza will leave her job as chief meteorologist at area CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 just two years after she arrived, negotiating a return to Chicago in order to reunite her family.
Souza, who is negotiating a return to Chicago-area Fox affiliate WFLD-TV, said the move was sparked by husband Greg Hendricks' difficulty in finding a local position comparable to his job teaching industrial arts in the Chicago area. Hendricks never moved to Florida, prompting Souza to commute between the two cities — even after the pair adopted a baby boy, Caleb, now 22 months old.
"My decision to leave is totally family-based and completely mine," said Souza. "I love 10 News and the people I work with — you don't leave a chief meteorologist job unless it involves something very big."
When Souza joined WTSP's staff in October 2008, she became the first female chief meteorologist in Tampa Bay television history. She also succeeded one of the area's longest-tenured forecasters, 28-year veteran Dick Fletcher, who passed away in February 2008 after a stroke.
Souza worked at WFLD for two years before coming to St. Petersburg. All told, she spent eight years in the Windy City, working weekends at NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV.
Souza's last day has not been scheduled; a station official said she might leave at the end of December, but the forecaster plans to remain through January.