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 eight years before switching to morning television, doing weather and entertainment for Telemundo’s show “Primera Edicion.”

Her next opportunity took her to Dallas where she first appeared in the market as a meteorologist for Telemundo. She later made a move to Dallas Fox 4 to become the meteorologist and entertainment reporter for the “Good Day” morning show.

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

In 2007, Maria stepped away from morning television to be a full-time mom. During that time, 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. The experience inspired her to create the award-winning Harvey documentary, “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 beach with her husband, Phil, and their three kids.

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


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