Natalie Morales Is Leaving NBC After 22 Years: ‘the Time Is Appropriate’

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Natalie Morales is leaving NBC Data.

The TODAY anchor, 49, introduced to workers on Friday that she is departing the community after 22 years, PEOPLE confirms.

Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales

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Morales is anticipated to proceed exhibiting as a correspondent on Dateline by the high of the one year. 

“How conclude you originate to whine thank you for 22 phenomenal years?” Morales wrote in an email to NBC staffers on Friday. “I judge aid to my early days cutting my teeth at WVIT in Hartford, CT then taking the titanic and — at the time — petrifying soar to MSNBC and alas— scoring the golden tickets to the Nowadays Level to and Dateline. Below no conditions in a million years did I imagine this when I dreamed of what I desired to be when I grew up!”

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She persisted, “This first half of my life has been one stuffed with adventure, challenges, scamper, diagram too many early wake up calls, and yes alternatives to head looking history unfold and to repeat provocative and impactful tales that will always be in my thoughts’s highlight reel.”

“Speaking of that reel: I watched my household grow up along with so tons of your hang young other folks, and as my oldest son will get ready to unfold his wings and head to varsity soon, so too conclude I feel the time is obliging, (sooner than the 2d half of my life) to unfold my hang wings and to pursue a brand new adventure,” Morales wrote.

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Morales first joined NBC within the 1990s as an anchor and reporter for Hartford’s NBC affiliate WVIT-TV. In 2002, she joined MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent.

She became a nationwide correspondent for TODAY in 2006 and has stayed with this draw ever since. In 2011, she took over for Ann Curry because the display’s news anchor. Extra currently, Morales started anchoring for the west flit model of TODAY in 2016.

In a message from Nowadays executive producer Tom Mazzarelli to staffers Friday, he stated “it be no longer goodbye factual but – as she ends up her work at Dateline we will fully draw nice to present her a correct on-air farewell within the arriving weeks.” 

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