“We’ve long talked about perhaps moving to the West Coast where the sun is always shining,” said The Today Show news anchor Natalie Morales this morning when Matt Lauer announced on the air that Morales was heading to Los Angeles this summer to become Today’s West Coast anchor and host Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live. “It’s going to be a good change of pace, a good lifestyle change,” she said of her move from the East Coast.
Morales has been with NBC’s Today since 2006. I always know it’s time to head out the door for work when she does the 8 a.m. news round up. She has reported from many Hollywood red carpet situations like the Latin Music Awards and the Golden Globes. I last ran into her in January at HBO’s annual post-Golden Globes party. She was in the middle of the throng of people snagging a tandem interview with Harrison Ford and Rob Lowe. Welcome Natalie!