Photo: Natalie Morales
As Meredith Vieira prepares to step down from her post on NBC’s “Today” show, Ann Curry is moving up to fill the co-host position alongside Matt Lauer, leaving her anchor spot to be filled by Natalie Morales.
Morales has been in the news business for quite some time, including 4 years on MSNBC before she moved to NBC for Today in 2006.
After Vieira made her announcement, Lauer announced that Curry would become his new co-host and Natalie will take Curry’s third-hour spot.
Curry then went on to say, “We get to also keep it in the family, as it were, and announce that Natalie will be taking my job.”
The daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer, Morales was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Her mother, Penelope Morales, is a Brazilian and her father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario Morales Jr., is Puerto Rican.
The mother of 2 boys, will take up her new position on Today after Vieira’s final show, scheduled for June 8, 2011.
Watch Morales, Curry, Lauer, and Al Roker, join Vieira as she makes the big announcement below.