Award-winning journalist and anchor Natalie Morales has been named a CBS News correspondent effective November 1. She 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-chief of CBS News and Stations, said in a news 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 difficult story with compassion and grace.”
Prior to joining CBS in 2021, Morales was a West Coast anchor for “Today,” a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and host of “Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales,” a series hosted by Reelz. Previously, she was the host of “Access”, the co-host of “Access Live” and the news anchor of “Today”, where she co-hosted the third hour. She joined “Hoy” in 2006 as a national correspondent.
During her two decades as a reporter for NBC News, she covered many of the major breaking national and international events, including the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival mass shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, the rescue of Chilean miners in 2010 and the presidential inauguration of 2009. In August 2008, Morales had an exclusive jailhouse interview with the infamous Clark Rockefeller. His other notable reports include 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. He also reported on the royal wedding in 2011 and the birth of Prince George in 2013.
Morales’ work has been honored with three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of “Today’s” recognition for best morning news show. 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 shows and I look forward to telling the stories that matter and talking about the issues 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’s also known for her exclusive and relentless interviews with notorious criminals, including Clark Rockefeller and Drew Peterson,” said Judy Tygard, executive producer of “48 Hours.” “. “We’ve watched her work for years and we’re excited to have her report to us.”
Morales, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was born in Taiwan and spent much of the first 18 years of his life living abroad in Panama, Brazil and Spain. He graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American studies and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her two children.