Latina journalist Natalie Morales to become a CBS correspondent
Natalie Morales will become a CBS correspondent alongside her work as host of “The Talk.”
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CBS News has announced that beginning Nov. 1, 2022, Natalie Morales, award winning journalist and host of “The Talk” on CBS, will become a CBS correspondent in addition to her work as host of the network’s daytime talk show.
Born in Taiwan, Morales speaks both English and Portuguese, having grown up in Panama, Brazil, and Spain. Morales graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Prior to joining CBS, Morales worked as the west coast news anchor of “Today,” of which she had previously co-hosted the third hour of and joined in 2006.
Her other work includes acting as the host of “Access” and co-host of “Access-Live,” correspondent for “Dateline NBC,” and anchor of “Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales,” presented by Reelz.
"Natalie is one of the best in the business and a welcome addition to CBS News," Neeraj Khemlani, co-head and president of CBS News and Stations, said in a press release.
"She has excelled at the highest levels — from network morning shows to longform storytelling — and we couldn't be more thrilled 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,” he continued.
For two decades, Morales worked as a reporter for NBC News on “Today,” covering multiple major national or international events.
These include the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the 2009 presidential inauguration.
Morales additionally has had an exclusive jailhouse interview with criminal impersonator Clark Rockefeller, and also covered the death of Pope Paul II in 2005 and the election of Pope Francis in 2013.
"It's a privilege to contribute to the CBS News programs and I'm hoping to tell the stories that matter and to talk about issues many of us face," Morales said in a statement.
"'48 Hours' pioneered true crime television and I'm looking forward to working with the great team of producers and correspondents to bring the best stories to CBS viewers on Saturday nights,” she added.
Judy Tygard, executive producer of 48 Hours, also provided remarks on Morales.
"Natalie is a high-profile reporter with a familiar voice that viewers trust. She's also known for her exclusive, unsparing interviews of notorious criminals including Clark Rockefeller and Drew Peterson," she said. "We've watched her work for years and we're excited to have her reporting for us."
Morales is a recipient of three Daytime Emmy Awards as a part of "Today's" recognition as one of the best morning news programs. Additionally, she has earned three Gracie awards, a national Headliner Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award.