Where Do Anchors Abroad Go When They Have Some Free Time?

By Alex Weprin Comment

Working at a major event abroad like the Olympics may seem like fun, but as “Today” news anchor Natalie Morales told me, it can be kind of a pain sometimes to keep up.

“Even though you know what it is going on and you know who is winning, I haven’t been able to catch it on TV like I would at home, and I think a lot of people might be surprised by that,” Morales says.

As long as you are there, however, you may as well maximize your free time to see some of the history actually happening.

“I was there when Missy Franklin won her first Olympic gold, I was there when [Michael] Phelps won one of his golds, and I am going [Tuesday] night to beach volleyball,” “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer told me.

“I went to center court at Wimbledon I am a huge tennis fan, and all my life I have wanted to go to Wimbledon, so to get to go there and watch Serena [Williams] play and beat [Maria] Sharapova, that was definitely exciting for me,” Savannah Guthrie said on the set of the NBC morning program. Guthrie and Morales would also go to the women’s soccer final between the U.S. and Japan yesterday (see tweet above). The U.S. won 2-1.

Along the way, I also spotted “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams taking in some of the men’s cycling sprint semifinals in the Velodrome in Olympic Park.