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Natalie Leticia MoralesBorn: Tuesday 6th June 1972 (age: 51)
Natalie Morales is an American broadcast journalist, working for NBC News. She is the Today Show 's news anchor and third hour co-anchor and appears on other programs including Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News.
Early life and education
Morales was born in Taiwan, to a Brazilian mother, Penelope Morales, and a Puerto Rican father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario Morales, Jr. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and spent the first eighteen years of her life living overseas in Panama, Brazil, and Spain as a "U.S. Air Force brat".
Morales holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University with dual majors in journalism and Latin American studies. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Following college, Morales worked at Chase Bank in New York before pursuing her journalism career.
Morales served as a weekend anchor/reporter and morning co-anchor at WVIT-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, where 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. She began her on-air career at News 12 – The Bronx as the first morning anchor. She also served as camera operator, editor and producer for that network. In 1999, she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential Latinas for her news coverage and reports by the Hispanic daily newspaper El Diario La Prensa. Previously, Morales spent two years working behind the scenes at Court TV.
Morales was an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC from 2002 to 2006. She covered a number of major news stories there including the 2004 Presidential election, the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the Iraqi prisoner abuse, Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the Northeast Blackout of 2003, the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, and the investigation and trial of Scott Peterson. Additionally, she was named one of Hispanic Magazine’s Top Trendsetters of 2003.
Morales 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. On May 9, 2011, it was announced that Morales would replace Ann Curry as the news anchor for Today, when Curry succeeded Meredith Vieira as host of Today in June 2011.
In 2007, she received the "Groundbreaking Latina in Media" award from Catalina magazine and the National Association of Latina Leaders. People en Español named her one of its Fifty Most Beautiful People for 2007. She came in at #1.
Aside from her journalistic duties, Morales was the co-anchor of NBC's coverage of the Macy's 4 July fireworks spectacular.
She appeared on NBC's The Marriage Ref as the fact checker, and hosted Miss USA 2010 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Miss Universe 2010 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, both in Las Vegas. Morales hosted Miss Universe 2011 at Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil and hosted Miss Universe 2014 in Doral, USA.
Morales married Joseph Rhodes on August 22, 1998. They have two sons, Joseph "Josh" and Luke, and reside in Hoboken, New Jersey. She took a four-month maternity leave from the Today Show between September and December 2008 to give birth to her second son Luke, who was born on September 9, 2008. She is an avid runner, having competed in five marathons, including three New York City Marathons. Morales also participates in triathlons. She has been featured in a full-length article and on the cover of the October 2010 issue of Triathlete Magazine.