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Maria Sotolongo’s television career started when she was just 19 years old. Telemundo’s nationally syndicated music video show, “Ritmo Latino” took her to exotic locations and memorable interviews with the likes of Julio Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez. She worked there for 8 years, and then started morning television, doing weather and entertainment for Telemundo’s show “Primera Edicion.” Her next opportunity took her to Dallas, as meteorologist for Telemundo, and then made her move to Dallas Fox 4 morning show “Good Day,” as meteorologist and entertainment reporter where she stayed for 6 years.

Maria has two degrees in communications at the University of Houston and in broadcast meteorology at Mississippi State University.

In 2007, Maria stepped away from morning television to be a full-time mommy. She produced two documentaries.

“Breathe,” which is a film about home births, received a Remi Award at Houston’s Worldfest.

Like so many Houstonians, Maria and her family were affected by Hurricane Harvey and the dam releases. Her desire is to share her journey and inspire changes so this doesn’t happen again in our city.

She most recently finished a documentary on Harvey called “Changed: When the Dams Opened”.

When she’s not storytelling or doing the weather, Maria enjoys the Houston music scene, good food and heading to Galveston beaches with her husband, Phil, and their three kids.

You can reach Maria at msotolongo@tribunemedia.com or on social media.


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