Keith Morrison

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Keith Morrison
Born (1947-07-02) July 2, 1947 (age 73)
EducationUniversity of Saskatchewan
OccupationNBC News correspondent
Years active1966–present
Notable credit(s)
CTV National News
Dateline NBC
Spouse(s)
Suzanne Langford
(
m. 1981)
Children5[1]

Keith Morrison (born July 2, 1947) is a Canadian broadcast journalist. Since 1995, he has been a correspondent for Dateline NBC.

Career[edit]

Morrison conducting an interview for Dateline in 2013

Morrison got his start in 1966 working for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix before moving on to radio and then television. He was a reporter or anchor at local stations in Saskatchewan, Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario.

He joined CTV's Canada AM in 1973 as a newsreader and also worked as a reporter and weekend anchor as well as a producer. As a reporter at CTV, he won awards for his coverage of the Yom Kippur War. From 1975 to 1976, he was a reporter on CTV National News and served as National Affairs Correspondent and substitute anchor on the show from 1976 to 1979.

Morrison joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1982 as substitute anchor and Chief Political Correspondent for The Journal, the network's nightly public affairs program, remaining until 1986. He also co-hosted Midday, the network's noon-hour newsmagazine that he helped to create, from 1984 to 1985.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1986 as the 5pm and 11pm news anchor for KNBC-TV. In 1988 he joined NBC News as a west coast correspondent for the NBC Nightly News and Today Show. Morrison covered the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and later contributed highly acclaimed hour-long documentaries and magazine segments to various NBC programs while concurrently continuing as KNBC's anchor.

Morrison returned to Canada in 1992 to become co-anchor of the leading national morning news program, Canada AM on CTV. He also hosted The Editors on PBS. He was the substitute anchor for CTV National News and the heir apparent to anchor Lloyd Robertson until 1995 when he was ousted in a network shakeup. It was believed, at the time, that he was campaigning to replace Robertson. While at Canada AM, then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney cancelled a live appearance after Morrison jokingly referred to him earlier in the show as "whatshisname".

Morrison returned to NBC in 1995 as a correspondent for Dateline NBC, his position as of 2020.[2]

Morrison appeared as a newscaster in an episode of Seinfeld, "The Trip". In the episode, he reported the arrest of Kramer as a serial killer.[3]

Morrison's interviews on Dateline have kept audiences watching and attracted the attention of comedians as well. Saturday Night Live created a sketch with him as the central figure played by Bill Hader on November 22, 2008. And on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers that aired on July 9, 2014, Morrison appears as himself, parodying his characteristic dramatic delivery of real-life murder mysteries that he is known for on Dateline.

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, Morrison married Suzanne (née Langford) Perry, a writer, consultant and political fundraiser who was also Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He became stepfather to future Friends star Matthew Perry and, later, father to Caitlin (born 1981), Emily (born 1985), Willy (born 1987), and Madeleine (born 1989). Morrison also has a son, Michael (born 1974), from a previous marriage[4]. He became the stepfather of Matthew Perry when Perry was 10 [5].

Parodies[edit]

Morrison's reporting style has been parodied on Saturday Night Live by cast member Bill Hader. On the March 30, 2009, episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Hader, referencing the fact that Morrison works in 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where both Dateline NBC and Saturday Night Live are produced, jokingly stated that he lived in fear of getting into the same elevator as Morrison.[6] The two actually would meet during a Hader interview on Weekend Today. "I can't give him pointers, he's the master", Hader said. "I don't know how you get better than Keith Morrison."[7]

Morrison's voice has also been parodied on Episode 140 of Chris D'Elia's podcast Congratulations with Chris D'Elia which was released on October 4, 2019.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Keith Morrison - Dateline NBC - About Us". NBC News. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  2. ^ "Keith Morrison, Correspondent, "Dateline NBC"". About Us on Dateline. NBC. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ Seinfeld Scripts - The Trip (2)
  4. ^ Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Podcast, Episode 37
  5. ^ Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Podcast, Episode 37
  6. ^ Video Bill Hader interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; March 30, 2009; Part 1
  7. ^ Stump, Scott (May 30, 2019). "Watch Bill Hader get a surprise visit from idol Keith Morrison of Dateline". TODAY. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Congratulations with Chris D'Elia: Episode 140 - Stark Raving Mad, Retrieved 17th October 2019.

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