News Anchor of Today
Natalie Morales is an American broadcast journalist. She is best known
as “Today” co-anchor and national correspondent (from 2006
to 2011) and news anchor and third hour co-anchor (from 2011-onwards).
She gained a Daytime Emmy Award in 2007 for her work on the show.
An avid runner, Morales has participated in five marathon races,
including three New York City Marathons. She also takes parts in
triathlons. The mother of two also enjoys skiing.
Childhood and Family:
Natalie Morales was born Natalie Leticia Morales on June 6, 1972, in
Taipei, Taiwan, to a Puerto Rican father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario
Morales, Jr., and a Brazilian mother, Penelope Morales. As a U.S. Air
Force brat, she spent much of her time living overseas in Spain, Panama
and Brazil. She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University, in
New Brunswick, NJ in 1994 with a double Bachelor's degree in Journalism
& Mass Media and Latin American Studies. She was a member of Phi
On August 22, 1998, Natalie married Joe Rhodes (Josh's full name is
Joseph Steven Rhodes). She gave birth to her first child, Josh, in
2004. Her second child, Luke, followed on September 9, 2008. The family
live in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Top Trendsetters of 2011
After graduating from Rutgers University, Natalie Morales worked at
Chase Bank in New York before turning her attention to journalism. She
worked behind the scene at Court TV for two years and initiated her
on-air career as the first morning anchor at News 12 – The Bronx.
She also served as camera operator, editor and producer for News 12
– The Bronx. The Hispanic daily newspaper El Diario La
Prensa named Morales one of the 50 Most Influential Latinas in 1999
thanks for her news coverage and reports.
Morales next joined WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut as a weekend
anchor/reporter and morning co-anchor. During her tenure for the
network, she reported on the Columbine shootings, Hurricane Floyd, the
2000 Presidential election, and the September 11, 2001 attacks. She
also co-hosted and reported for the Emmy-nominated documentary,
“Save Our Sound,” a joint production with WNBC on
preserving the Long Island Sound.
Morales'a career got boost when she was recruited as an anchor and
correspondent for MSNBC. For four years from 2002 to 2006, she
covered numerous stellar news stories for the network like the 2004
Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the 2004 Presidential election, the
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster,the Iraqi prisoner abuse, Operation
Iraqi Freedom, the Northeast Blackout of 2003, the 2002 Beltway sniper
attacks, and the investigation and trial of Scott Peterson. In 2003,
she was listed one of Hispanic Magazine’s Top Trendsetters of the
Morales enjoyed even a bigger success when she joined the
“Today” show in 2006 as a National Correspondent, and was
named co-anchor of the third hour of the show in March 2008. In
between, in 2007, she jointly won a Daytime Emmy in the category of
Excellence in Morning Programming for her work on “Today.”
She went on to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Live Coverage
of a Current News Story - Long Form for “NBC News Special: The
Inauguration of Barack Obama” in 2010 and a People's Choice
nomination for Favorite Daytime TV Host in 2012.
In 2011, Morales replaced Ann Curry as the news anchor for
“Today” when Curry succeeded Meredith Vieira as host of
“Today”in June of that year.
Morales also has served as the co-anchor of NBC's coverage of the
Macy's 4 July fireworks spectacular. She appeared on “The
Marriage Ref” on NBC as the fact checker, and hosted the Miss USA
2010 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and the Miss Universe 2010
at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, both in the Las Vegas. She also
hosted Miss Universe 2011 on September 12, 2011, at Credicard Hall in
São Paulo, Brazil.
Daytime Emmy: Excellence in Morning Programming, “Today,” 2007