Natalie Morales to Leave NBC News – Deadline

Natalie Morales, long time Today presenter and correspondent, told employees Friday that she plans to leave NBC News for a new unspecified opportunity.

Morales will continue to appear in Deadline for the rest of the year and the Today In the next weeks.

Morales has been online for 22 years.

She wrote in a note to employees: “For me Deadline and Today Show the families, it is very difficult to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it is never goodbye but see you later. I am forever grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths take us. I have a lot to thank and for each one of you who helped me get here … thank you very much my friends ”.

Today, executive producer Tom Mazzarelli wrote in a note to the staff that Morales “has been offered an opportunity that he is passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Morales joined Today in 2006 and appeared on other NBC News shows, including NBC Nightly News and Deadline.

After serving as a host and reporter for the Hartford affiliate of NBC News, Morales joined MSNBC in 2002 and was a host and correspondent for the next four years. She anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019. She has continued to serve as a West Coast presenter for Today.

His full note to staff is below:

How do you start giving thanks for 22 wonderful years? I have a hard time finding the right words and there are too many people to thank for a wonderful run at NBC News. I remember my early days at WVIT in Hartford, CT and then I took the big, and at that point, the petrifying leap to MSNBC and, sadly, I won the gold tickets for Today Show and Dateline. Never in a million years did I imagine this when I dreamed of what I wanted to be when I grew up!

This first half of my life has been filled with adventures, challenges, travel, too many calls to wake up early, and yes, opportunities to witness the story unfold and tell inspiring and shocking stories that will always be on my mind. Speaking of that reel: I watched my family grow up alongside many of their own children, and as my oldest son prepares to spread his wings and head to college soon, I also feel like the time is right (before the second half of my life) to spread my own wings and embark on a new adventure.

For the families on my Dateline and Today shows, it’s very difficult to say goodbye… and we all know in this business that it’s never goodbye, but we’ll see you later. I am forever grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths take us. I have a lot to thank and for each one of you who helped me get here… thank you very much my friends.

Natalie

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