Interesting Facts About Natalie Morales’ Personal Life, Career, and Net Worth

Age/Date of Birth:
48 years old (June 6, 1972)
5feet, 7inches (1.70m)
Husband or Boyfriend:Joseph Rhodes ​(married in 1998)
Parents:Father: Mario Morales, Jr.
Mother: Penelope
Net Worth:$16 million

A list of the names of all respected and revered living personnel in the modern world of Journalism would not be complete without the West Coast Anchor on NBC’s Today Show, Natalie Morales-Rhodes. The Taiwan-born journalist is known for her insightful coverage of American and global news, building a solid reputation since she began her career in 1994. As her career blossomed, there has been plenty to learn about the journalist, from her career to her personal life. Here are some of the interesting facts worth learning about the NBC journalist.

Quick Facts About Natalie Morales

A Woman with a Diverse Background

Although she is known for her work in American media, Natalie Morales’s roots can be traced to Brazil and Puerto Rico. Born on the 6th of June 1972, she has a Brazilian mother and a Puerto Rican father, and she was born in Taipei, Taiwan.

She spent the early parts of her life spending her time between American, Panama, Brazil, and Spain, thanks to her father, Lieutenant Colonel Mario Morales, Jr, who worked in the United States Air Force.

Her diverse background and upbringing made Natalie a fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English. After completing high school at Caesar Rodney High School, she headed off to college at Rutgers University. Natalie studied Latin American studies and Journalism & Media Studies. Outside of her academics, she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa sorority.

Life as a Journalist

Before she started on the journalistic path she is on today, Natalie Morales worked for Chase Bank. Her brief stint working in the financial sector came to an end in 1994 when she began her journalism career as a reporter.

Working for News 12 – The Bronx, Natalie Morales served in other roles as an on-air anchor, a camera operator, editor, and producer. She later joined WVIT-TV as a reporter and weekend anchor. During her time at WVIT-TV, Natalie covered major American events such as the Columbine shootings as well as the unfortunate September 11 attacks.

As the years went by, the NBC journalist diversified her portfolio. She hosted and reported the documentary, Save Our Sound. She also worked for Court TV, all while building a reputation as one of the best Hispanic journalists working in American media.

Career with NBC

Natalie Morales’s long-running relationship with NBC began in 2002 when she joined MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent. She spent four years with the network before she joined one of the shows she is most recognized for, the Today show. She started as a national correspondent for the show before she was made a co-anchor in 2008.

Natalie Morales
Natalie worked with the infamous Matt Lauer during her time on Today Show

Her time on Today show came to an end in 2016 after a five-year stint as the show’s news anchor. She moved to Access Hollywood, where she spent three years between 2016 and 2019. In the same year, she began working as the anchor of Today West Coast, a position she has held to date.

Outside of her anchor, reporter, and correspondent duties, she has also worked as a host of Miss Universe as well as an actress in more than 11 films/TV shows, including titles like Nashville, Harley Quinn, and This is Us.

Over the course of her career, she has earned six award nominations, including Daytime Emmys and the Emmy Awards.

Meet Her Husband and Children

Other than a financially comfortable life and a thriving career, Natalie Morales has a great family. She has been married to Joseph Rhodes since August 1998, and together, they share two children – Josh, who was born in 2004, and Luke Hudson, who was born in 2008.

Natalie Morales
Josh Rhodes, Joseph Rhodes, Luke Rhodes, and Natalie Morales

She and her family live in Brentwood, California. As for her husband, Joseph, he is a native of Boulder, Colorado. He is an investment banker with a long career history that includes Kidder, Peabody & Co, as well as a managing partner position at Hummingbirds Brands.

What We Know About Her Net Worth

Not only has she achieved fame along with other accomplishments as a journalist, but Natalie Morales has also found a significant degree of wealth. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Taiwan-born journalist has an estimated net worth of $16 million.

She has been able to accrue her significant net worth from a yearly salary of $6 million, a figure that places her among the highest-paid journalists in the country.

Profile Summary 
First Name:Natalie
Last Name:Morales
Also Known As:
Famous For:NBC News
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Rutgers University
Educational Qualifications:
BA degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Latin American studies (dual majors)
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
48 years old (June 6, 1972)
Zodiac Sign:Gemini
Birth Place:
Taipei, Taiwan
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 7 inches (1.70 m)
59 kg
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Marital Status:
Joseph Rhodes ​(m. 1998)
Family and Relatives
Mario Morales, Jr.
2 Sons - Josh and Luke Hudson
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$16 million
Salary:$6 million
Source of Wealth:

Fact Check: We strive for accuracy and fairness, if you've found a possible error, be it factual, editorial or something that needs updating, please contact us
Christabell James
Christabell James
I write, edit and create digital content. I also love supporting good causes. With my workout routines and a power smoothie, I go out daily to conquer. I watch movies in oversized tees and cool off with a good read.


Rhett and Link’s Family – Meet the Wives and Kids of the Famous Comedy Duo

Since their paths first crossed in 1984, Rhett and Link have moved from being friends to partners in comedy, business, and career. As one...

Meet All of Patrick Mahomes Parents and Family Members

Born to a father who was a professional athlete, Patrick Mahomes was born with athletic genes. Rather than follow in his father's footsteps to...

Has SuperWoman Lilly Singh Had A Boyfriend Since Coming Out As Bisexual?

It was barely five years after YouTube started that the now popular YouTuber Lilly Singh got on the platform. Since then, she has become...

Detailing Elon Musk’s Relationship With His Father, Mother and Siblings

Elon Musk isn't someone that needs an introduction; unless you have been living in a cave for the past two decades. The South African-born...

Does Rachel McAdams Have A Husband or Boyfriend After Break Up With Ryan Gosling?

Rachel McAdams is a Canadian actress best known for her roles in The Hot Chick, Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, Mean Girls, The Lucky Ones, Doctor...

Featured Today

Who Is Kasie Hunt and What Do We Know About Her Family With Husband Matt Rivera?

With the never-ending debate that is brought about by the divide in politics in America, there have been more than a thousand and one...

How Much Does Vanna White Make In Salary and What Is Her Net Worth?

Vanna White is an American actress, model and television personality who has a net worth of $70 million dollars and a yearly salary of...

Why Katy Perry Has Not Married Boyfriend Orlando Bloom Since Leaving Ex-Husband Russell Brand

Katy Perry is one of the biggest pop stars in the world, she has sold over 18 million albums across the globe and has...

Biography Of Danielle Colby Cushman – The American Pickers TV Star

Reality television shows have since the late 2000s become very popular among viewers, thus allowing a long list of seemingly ordinary people to have...

Quinn Lundberg: 6 Things To Know About Zach Galifianakis’ Wife

Best known for her marriage to the popular American comedian and Hangover-star, Zach Galifianakis, Quinn Lundberg has been able to achieve a good measure...
Fact Check

We strive for fairness and accuracy, if you've found a possible error or something that needs updating, please contact us

Related Stories