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Natalie Morales, TODAY west coast anchor, host of 'Access Hollywood'

Natalie Morales is the West Coast anchor of NBC News’ TODAY, host of NBCU’s “Access Hollywood” and co-host of “Access Hollywood Live.” She previously served as news anchor and co-host of TODAY’s third-hour. She joined TODAY in 2006 as a national correspondent and has reported for all NBC News platforms including “NBC Nightly News,” “Dateline NBC” and MSNBC.

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Morales has contributed to several major breaking news stories, including coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011 and the birth of Prince George in 2013. In October 2010, Morales live-translated and reported on the Chilean miner rescue — coverage that was seen worldwide and recognized with a 2010 National Headliner Award. In August 2008, Morales had the exclusive jailhouse interview with the infamous “Clark Rockefeller.” Her other notable reports include the 2009 presidential inauguration; 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.

Morales has also landed many exclusive celebrity interviews including Angelina Jolie who revealed she was having twins, and Kelly Preston, in her first television interview after the birth of her and John Travolta’s son, Benjamin. Other news-making interviews include Caitlyn Jenner on life after her transition; singer Sam Smith on recovering from a vocal cord injury; Jennifer Lopez on her career and family. Morales has been an integral part of the network’s coverage of the Winter and Summer Olympics since 2004.

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    Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie hold up Olympic medals in Sochi, Russia during the Winter Olympics on Feb. 26, 2014.

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    Savannah and Natalie bundle up on a cold winter morning on the TODAY plaza on Feb. 3, 2014.

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    Natalie and Savannah pedal into the plaza dressed up as Laverne and Shirley for the 2013 TODAY Halloween show.

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    Natalie is never one to shy away from a challenge, like when she inverted herself on TODAY on Oct. 24, 2013.

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    Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad poses with Natalie before the event "Swim for Relief" Benefiting Hurricane Sandy Recovery on Oct. 9, 2013.

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    Natalie Morales cuddles with a puppy on Oct. 9, 2013.

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    Natalie Morales gets personal with Elmo, the lovable monster from Sesame Street,on TODAY on June 7, 2012.

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    Natalie Morales and Olympic swimmer Brendan Hansen get in the swim on TODAY on May 24, 2012.

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    Natalie gets a little help from U.S. Olympic volleyball player Stafford Slick during U.S. Olympic team festivities in New York's Times Square on April 18, 2012.

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    Natalie Morales joins Al Roker, Ann Curry and Savannah Guthrie at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012.

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    From left, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie talk with Star Jones of TODAY's Professionals on Feb. 3, 2012. The trio wore red to show support for American Heart Month.

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    Natalie Morales was one of the women of TODAY who gathered for the show's special 60th anniversary celebration on Jan. 13, 2012. Pictured from left are Deborah Norville, Katie Couric, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, and Natalie.

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    From left, Al Roker, Ann Curry, Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie show off their Christmas sweaters on TODAY on Dec. 14, 2011.

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    From left, Martha Stewart, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Matt Lauer visit Martha's stables for a Thanksgiving Day segment on TODAY on Nov. 22, 2011.

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    Natalie Morales talks with Melinda Gates (center) and Tom Brokaw about education issues on TODAY during NBC News' Education Nation initiative, Sept. 26, 2011.

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    Natalie poses with the frog hat she was awarded for winning the frog race during "TODAY's Country Fair," Aug. 31, 2011.

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    From left, Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Natalie Morales chat on June 8, 2011, the day TODAY bade farewell to departing anchor Vieira.

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    From left, Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, and Natalie Morales pose together on TODAY on May 10, 2011.

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    TODAY's Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, and Natalie Morales are flanked by Disney characters at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on Jan. 8, 2011, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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    On TODAY's 2010 Halloween episode on Oct. 29 of that year, Al Roker played Superman, Natalie Morales did a Justin Bieber impression, and Tamron Hall impersonated President Barack Obama.

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    Rock singer Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas on Aug. 23, 2010.

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    From left, Al Roker, Tikki Barber, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales dress in costume to celebrate the TODAY show Halloween Monster Bash on Oct. 31, 2007.

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As a part of TODAY’s ‘Shine a Light’ Campaign in 2014, Morales ran in the Boston Marathon and raised over $70,000 for victims of the 2013 bombing. Morales has won three Daytime Emmy Awards as part of TODAY’s recognition as the best morning news program. She was a member of the “Rock Center with Brian Williams” team that won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for their lobster divers story in June of 2013, and she was also honored with the 2013 Gracie Award for Outstanding Series for her Dateline series, My Kid Would Never. Additionally, “Hispanic Magazine” named her one of the “Top Hispanics to Watch” in 2005 and one of the “Top Trendsetters” of 2003.

Morales, who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was born in Taiwan and spent much of the first 18 years of her life living overseas in Panama, Brazil and Spain as an Air Force “brat.” She 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 currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

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