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Brief Background

Canadian TV journalist Francis D'Souza, was born in Canada and last visited Goa in 2002. His parents, who used to live in Nairobi, are Colleen (nee Dantas) and Oswald (ex-East African Airways). He traces his Goan roots to Saligao (mother) and Moira (father). Francis’ hobbies are golf, lazing in the sun and travelling.

OCCUPATION: Weekend Anchor, "Citypulse Weekend" and Reporter "Citypulse”

SHOW DESCRIPTION: "CityPulse" ... All Day, Every Day, the City is our Newsroom. Intensely-local and urban-oriented, we focus on the 'Day in the Life' realities of people's lives with a visual realism that speaks directly to those that call Toronto home. "CityPulse" is seen daily at Noon, Six and 11:00pm on Citytv and CP24. "CityPulse" ... What Toronto is Talking About Today.

BACKGROUND: Francis caught the television bug after being selected from Citytv's "Lunch Television" audience to perform the opening announcement on Queen Street. Now he's back at Citytv in a more "permanent" capacity!

Prior to joining Citytv, Francis hosted "Plugged In!" on Rogers Television. He was a production assistant with the CBC, a videographer at Global News Toronto and most recently anchored the CTV 11:30pm news in Northern Ontario.

EDUCATION: B.A., Radio and Television Arts, Ryerson University.

INTERESTS: Travelling - Francis has seen the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, crossed the English channel by Hovercraft, swung on vines in Venezuela's Amazon jungle and descended down Mount Pilatus in Switzerland by cog wheel train.

FAVES: "A Fine Balance" - by Rohinton Mistry

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Francis took flying lessons when he was 16.

See videoclips of Francis D'Souza at work. Go To:

Some references to Francis D'Souza
29 Jan. 2004
D'Souza On Location
Celebrity Dinner Date. By Kathryn Kates

When Francis D'Souza, Citytv's CityPulse reporter and CityPulse Weekend anchor, is off work, you'll probably find him in the midst of a globe trotting adventure. So, it seemed fitting to invite him for a celebrity dinner date at Monsoon, a restaurant specializing in marrying foods from countries throughout Asia and Southeast Asia affected by torrential monsoon storms, including India, where D'Souza's ancestors hail.

We began the evening with a Monsoon Martini -a vodka, mango, lemon and cranberry concoction suggested by server Laura-Lynn Bolan. While sharing appetizers of Peking Duck with Citrus Segments, Baby Green in Pappadum Cup and Shiso Grilled Tiger Prawns in an Asian Guacamole Cup, we talked about D' Souza's life in news.

"When I anchor, I get to show the viewers my personality, when you do hard news you can't. As an anchor, I like the public to perceive me as light-hearted. I like to consider myself somewhat funny and very openminded," says D'Souza, who co-anchors with Merella Fernandez. Coincidentally, both anchors trace their roots to Goa in southwest India.

"I'm a self-professed news junkie. I love my job because every day it is different. When I report, I really get to craft my work - I write and produce the story, and I get to meet new people every day. You have to be somewhat emotive when you tell these stories. I've seen bodies on the ground and interviewed people who have lost their children, you have to have a strong mind and be able to deal with it head on. I often talk about it with family and friends, so that helps

"If you look at news - it is about storytelling. Jeannie Moost, from CNN, is one of the best television storytellers. The way she crafts stories with pictures and matches them with words is incredible," says the Mississauga-born and raised newsman.

Executive Chef Winlai Wong accompanies D'Souza's entrée of Organic Beef Tenderloin with Spun Miso Mashed Potatoes, in Pink and Green Peppercorn Jus to the table to discuss her culinary creation. The exotic flavours of the food brings the conversation to world travel. "I love to travel, I saw the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, swung on vines in Venezuela's Amazon Jungle and climbed Dunns River Falls in Jamaica. I've been to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe," says D'Souza.

For dessert, we sampled Infused Crème Brûlée, Mango Monsoon Sorbet and Chocolate Heaven - a warm chocolate cake with a silk soft centre served with devil's ice cream and raspberry coulis.

"The décor and atmosphere at Monsoon is very relaxing, the food presentation is excellent - the food has a very unique taste," adds D'Souza.

Catch D'Souza reporting Wednesday to Friday on City- Pulse and CP24 and anchoring CityPulse Weekend at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Citytv. Call Monsoon, 100 Simcoe St., at 416-979-7172, for reservations.

14 May 2004.
Headline: TV broadcasters debate diversity in newsrooms.
Excerpt: CityPulse weekend anchor Merella Fernandez acknowledged that visible minorities have made tremendous progress in the industry in the past five years. She said she was impressed when her boss at Citytv assigned Francis D'Souza, another South Asian reporter from India, as her co-anchor 18 months ago.

16 May 2004
Metro Toronto uncovers the stars’ secrets to being unforgettable. Francis D’Souza, weekend anchor CityPulse and reporter CityPulse interviewed

Q: What products do you use that make you look and feel good?

A: For shaving, only the best for me. I use Gillette products, "The best a man can get." I lather up with the vitamin E-enriched shaving gel. For the hair, American Crew shampoo. Styling is simple with a bit of tap water and Thermasilk Flexible Hold hairspray. I’m still looking for the magic potion that will keep me from losing my hair.

Q: How do you keep life in perspective?

A: I self-actualize in front of the mirror for an hour every day. Just kidding. Honestly, I try to maintain a good sense of humour. Even when things are falling apart, I can still laugh at myself.

Q: How do you stay fit?

A: I’m striving for that six-pack. Already got a two-pack, just four more to go. I drag myself to the gym twice a week. I do a circuit on the weight machines then 30 minutes on the treadmill.

Q: What are your healthy eating habits?

A: I eat what I want, but in moderation. I never miss breakfast, usually follow with a salad for lunch, then bring on the meat for dinner


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