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Natalie Morales Moving West to Host 'Access Hollywood,' 'Today'

Morales has been the news anchor for the "Today" show and co-hosts the morning program's third hour

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    Natalie Morales appears on the "Today" show on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Morales will host "Access Hollywood" and become West Coast anchor for "Today."

    Natalie Morales is taking on new roles at NBCUniversal, moving to Los Angeles this summer to host "Access Hollywood" and become West Coast anchor for "Today."

    Morales has been the news anchor for the "Today" show and co-hosts the morning program's third hour, which begins at 9 a.m. ET. 

    Noah Oppenheim, NBC News senior vice president in charge of the show, said in a memo to staff that Morales will become the "Today" show West Coast anchor, reporting on stories as the program increases its focus on news from the region.

    She will also continue her work on "Dateline" and will host "Access Hollywood Live," according to the memo sent to NBC staff Wednesday.

    Morales joined "Today" in 2006 as a national correspondent. She became co-anchor of the third hour two years later and moved to the earlier hours in 2011.

    It hasn't been determined whether Morales will continue to host the third hour from California or if that role will go to someone else.