NBC on Wednesday appointed Natalie Morales as national correspondent for the “Today” show, committing her to the program as it moves into the Meredith Vieira era.
Morales, who has been a host of the show’s third hour with Ann Curry and Al Roker for the past few months, will continue in that role, NBC said. She’ll also report on stories during the 7 to 9 a.m. hours.
Morales and Campbell Brown were considered in-house candidates to succeed Katie Couric as “Today” host before Vieira landed that job. Vieira is to join Matt Lauer as co-host in September.
“Natalie is a dedicated journalist and first-rate broadcaster,” said NBC News President Steve Capus. “For years, she’s been an important part of the program’s extended family, and this just formalizes her role.”