LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – As announced live today on THE TALK, journalist and TV presenter Natalie Morales is joining the new host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show. Morales made his live debut on Monday, alongside hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Natalie Morales join the TALK family,” executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews said. “We’ve been fans of her and her work for years. His varied skills and versatility are a great addition to our talented roster. Natalie’s intelligence, passion and enthusiasm always shines through in all of her work, and we are fortunate to have her on the team. In addition to her role as an exceptional broadcaster, we believe her perspective as a wife and mother will create a special bond with our audience. “
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“This is an amazing opportunity to join this team of THE TALK,” said Morales. “I love the new energy and the new direction and couldn’t be more excited to join Sheryl, Amanda, Jerry and Akbar. I look forward to many good times talking about the topics of the day, and can’t wait to get started.
Most recently, Morales was the West Coast presenter of NBC News’ “Today”, “Dateline NBC” correspondent and host of “Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales”. Previously, she was host of “Access” and co-host of “Access Live”, as well as news anchor of “Today”, where she co-hosted the third hour of the show. Morales joined “Today” in 2006 as a national correspondent and has reported on all NBCUniversal News platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and MSNBC.
In a “Today” premiere, Morales followed 20 children in the Class of 2020 – all born one year after 9/11 – from their first day of kindergarten through graduation, despite a global pandemic. In addition to hosting “At Home with Natalie,” Morales has contributed to several major reporting including the sexual harassment scandals, the Las Vegas massacre in 2017, the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and the rescue. of Chilean miners in 2010 (coverage that was seen around the world and awarded a National Headliner Award in 2010). In August 2008, Morales had the exclusive prison interview with the infamous Clark Rockefeller. His other notable reports include the 2009 presidential inauguration; Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005; the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004; 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.
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As part of the Shine a Light campaign in 2014, Morales competed in the Boston Marathon and raised over $ 70,000 for victims of the 2013 bombing. Morales won three Daytime Emmy Awards as part “Today’s” recognition for best morning news program. She won a Robert F. Kennedy Award in International Journalism for her reporting on Honduran lobster divers for “Rock Center with Brian Williams” in June 2013. She won three Gracie Awards, one for Outstanding Series for her special ” Dateline NBC, ”“ My Child Would Never Be, ”and two for her reporting in 2016 and 2017.
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 as an Air Force ‘kid’. . She graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA 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.
THE TALK airs weekdays (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., ET; 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., PT / CT) on the CBS Television Network and is available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount +. THE TALK is produced by CBS Studios.
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CBS Daytime Emmy Award-winning talk show THE TALK features a panel of entertainment personalities discussing current affairs, pop culture, family, celebrities and hot topics of the day. The hour-long daily series is hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood. Facilitators exchange stories and share their opinions on topical issues and events. The show also features celebrity guest interviews, musical performances and cooking segments, as well as human interest stories. Multi-Daytime Emmy Award-winning Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews are executive producers / showrunners with Ed Horwitz, Steve Cunniff and Anjeanette Taylor as co-executive producers. THE TALK has won 11 Daytime Emmy Awards (including Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment 2016, 2018, Writing 2015, Host 2017) and 56 nominations. THE TALK also won the People’s Choice Award (2016) for Daytime TV Hosting Team and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Talk Series (2016).