As a longtime news anchor, former host of “Access Hollywood” and co-host of “Access Hollywood Live,” current West Coast Anchor of the TODAY Show and correspondent of Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, Natalie Morales is a beloved household name. So it’s only natural that she released a bestselling cookbook called At Home With Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Kitchen to Yours.
Natalie was born in Taiwan, to a Brazilian mother, Penelope, and a Puerto Rican father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario Morales, Jr. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and spent the first eighteen years of her life living in America and overseas in Panama, Brazil, and Spain as a “U.S. Air Force brat.”
Her multicultural experience led her to pursuing a career in broadcast journalism where she and the TODAY Show team won three Daytime Emmy Awards as best morning news program. Natalie has contributed to major breaking news stories including coverage of the royal wedding in 2011, presidential inaugurations, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the network’s coverage of the Winter and Summer Olympics since 2004. She landed many exclusive celebrity interviews including Angelina Jolie, Caitlyn Jenner on her life after transition, and Jennifer Lopez on her career and family. Hispanic Magazine named her one of the “Top Hispanics to Watch” in 2005 and one of the “Top Trendsetters” of 2003.
Her childhood as a global citizen and traveling the world with her work fed her appreciation for good food, but it’s her experience as a working mom that taught her how to cook on the run and keep her recipes nutritious too. Her book features 125 recipes Natalie makes at home for her family including chicken croquettes, pesto shrimp with lemon-pepper fettuccine, and a 3-minute peanut butter and banana protein shake.
Natalie lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Joe Rhodes and their two sons, Luke Hudson and Josh.
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