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Longtime KEYE employee departing station

Judy Maggio and Sousa Williams

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You may not recognize her name, but if you’ve ever watched one of KEYE’s newscasts or visited keyetv.com, you’ve most definitely come across some of Sousa Williams’ work.

Williams, who has been an employee at the city’s CBS affiliate since it first started broadcasting local news 19 years ago, departs the station Friday. Over the years she’s held a variety of roles, including 10 p.m. producer, executive producer, news operations manager and, most recently, new media manager overseeing the station’s website and social media accounts, among other things.

“When we first started, we were the little engine that could,” she said. “There’s been a huge amount of change since then. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best TV journalists in the city.”

Some of those heavy hitters, she said, include former father-and-daughter anchor team Neal Spelce and Cile Spelce, Ron Oliveira and current 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchors Judy Maggio and Walt Maciborski.

Williams hasn’t lined up a new job yet, but felt the timing was right to head to Connecticut to be with her girlfriend. Leaving Austin is hard, she said, but it’s the right thing to do.

“When I first came to Austin, I never thought I’d be here this long … but, like so many people, I fell in love with the city and decided to stay,” she said. “It’s really bittersweet, but I’ve got to take the leap.”

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