Award-winning journalist and anchor Natalie Morales has been named a CBS News correspondent, effective Nov. 1. He will also continue to host “The Talk” on CBS.
“Natalie is one of the best in the business and a welcome addition to CBS News,” Neeraj Khemlani, president and co-head of CBS News and Stations, said in a press release. “She has excelled at the highest levels — from network morning shows to long-form storytelling — and we couldn’t be more excited to have her on our team. She will be doing stories for ’48 Hours,’ ‘CBS Mornings,’ ‘CBS Sunday morning” and others. She knows how to get to the heart of a tough story with compassion and grace.”
Prior to joining CBS in 2021, Morales was the West Coast anchor of “Today,” a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and the host of “Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales,” a series presented by Reelz. Previously, she hosted “Access,” co-hosted “Access Live,” and was a news anchor on “Today,” where she co-anchored the third hour. She joined Today in 2006 as a national correspondent.
During her two decades of reporting for NBC News, she covered many major national and international breaking news events, including the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, the 2010 rescue of Chilean miners, and presidential inauguration in 2009. In August 2008, Morales had the exclusive prison interview with the infamous Clark Rockefeller. Her other notable reporting includes Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, and the election of Pope Francis in 2013. She also reported on the royal wedding in 2011 and the birth of Prince George in 2013.
Morales’ work was honored with three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of “Today’s” recognition as the best morning news program. He has also won a Robert F. Kennedy Award, three Gracie Awards and a National Headliner Award.
“It’s a privilege to contribute to CBS News programming, and I hope to tell the stories that matter and talk about issues that many of us face,” Morales said. “’48 Hours’ pioneered true crime television, and I look forward to working with the great team of producers and correspondents to bring the best stories to CBS viewers on Saturday nights.”
“Natalie is a high-profile reporter with a familiar voice that viewers trust. She is also known for her exclusive, unsolicited interviews with notorious criminals like Clark Rockefeller and Drew Peterson,” said Judy Tygard, executive producer of ” 48 Hours”. “We’ve been following her work for years and are thrilled to have her reporting for us.”
Morales, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was born in Taiwan and spent much of the first 18 years of her life living abroad in Panama, Brazil and Spain. He graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a degree in journalism and Latin American studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.