Who is Keith Morrison?

Born under the sign of Cancer on the 2nd of July 1947, in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada, Keith Morrison is a 72-year-old Caucasian award-winning broadcast journalist and news correspondent, with Canadian nationality. He is perhaps best known to the world for his significant presence on the TV screen and across a great many media outlets, being one of the most famous “Dateline NBC” correspondents of all time. He has also had a number of other great successes over the course of his often lucrative journalism career since 1966.

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Early Life and Education: Growing up in Saskatchewan

Morrison spent a good part of his youth in his birthplace, where he was brought up apparently an only child by his father and mother of unknown identities and professions. Credible sources remain unclear as to whether Keith had any particular interests during his upbringing, but he is regardless thought to have always had a strong passion for journalism and television. As for his education, Keith first went to a local high school of an unknown name, from where he matriculated at an unspecified date, after which he enrolled into the University of Saskatoon in his birthplace, where he pursued his Bachelor’s degree in history, graduating at only 19 years of age in 1966.

Career: An award winner

When it comes to Keith’s first professional engagement, he realized this as soon as he finished college, joining The Star Phoenix in Saskatoon. He soon moved on to CFO-TV in Toronto, and then joined CHAN-TV (today’s BCTV) in Vancouver, followed by CFOC in Saskatoon. In December 1973, he joined “Canada A.M.” as a news anchor, where he served until January 1975, then spent a year at CTV,as a correspondent for “CTV News”. From 1976 to 1979, he worked for the same channel as an anchor and reporter, and from 1979 to 1982, as a national affairs correspondent.

Having built a significant journalistic reputation, he then joined the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), and worked as an anchor and correspondent for a number of channels affiliated with CBC until 1986. In the said year, he moved to Los Angeles and joined KNBC-TV as a news anchor for 5pm and 11pm news. Two years later, he was employed in “NBC News” as a west coast correspondent, specifically for the “NBC Nightly News”, as well as “Today Show”.

Keith Morrison

Rise of a legend

During his early time at NBC, Keith had the honor of covering a wide variety of highly significant global events, such as the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. Besides that, he was also involved in a number of hour-long documentaries as one of the most important contributors, all of which made a massive impact on his career and fame thus far. In 1992, he returned to Canada to co-anchor “Canada A.M.” on CTV again, while also hosting “The Editors” on PBS. In 1995, Keith came back to NBC as a correspondent. This is the position he maintains today as well, a job which involves contributing to reports on a nearly endless variety of topics, which in turn keeps earning him an ever higher net worth.

His Awards

Keith is the proud holder of the 2006 Emmy Award for the Best Report in a News Magazine, thanks to his work in “Dateline NBC”, specifically a segment entitled “Children of War”, sharing this award with four other people. Besides that, he was also nominated for another six Emmy Awards, the earliest being in 2001 for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story for the segment “Young Boy and the Sea” in “Dateline NBC”, while the latest is from 2017, for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine, thanks to his work on “The Bastille Day Attack”.

Our audio engineer Bill took this picture of me working on tonight's Dateline in Newport Beach.

Posted by Keith Morrison on Friday, April 13, 2012

Love Life: His wife and family

Morrison is also known to the world for one of his romantic involvements, though not much information can be found across the reputable sources about the ones that occurred before that one. It is known that Keith used to date a woman named Barbara somewhere around his college years, whom he later married and had a son named Michael, who was born in 1974. His marriage with Barbara dissolved due to irreconcilable differences at an unknown date, after which he spent some time alone, before eventually dating Suzanne Langford Perry, who happens to be the mother of Matthew Perry – the extremely famous actor who brought the character of Chandler to life on screen in “Friends”. Keith and Suzanne wedded in a private ceremony in 1981, away from the public eye, with only close friends and family being attendees; Keith adopted Matthew and soon had his first child with Suzanne, a daughter named Caitlin, in the same year that they married. In 1985, Suzanne gave birth to Emily Morrison, while Willy Morrison was born in 1987. Lastly, their youngest child is Madeleine, who was born in 1989. Keith and Suzanne apparently still live happily together at an undisclosed location, and there has been no controversy surrounding their marriage.

Keith leans on things, all the time

Among his numerous contributions to journalism for which he is most famous, Keith also happens to be an extremely unique individual, and as such, has the ‘copyrights’ to a number of reporter habits, such as leaning. As was stated by The Wrap, Keith literally always leans on something while he’s on camera, and this is true up to the point where there’s an entire Instagram account dedicated to showing that ‘Keith leans on things’, which is eponymous to the account itself. When interviewed by The Wrap as to why he does this so often, Morrison began with explaining that the appearance of a reporter in a story is called a stand-up, and continued by saying ‘Whenever I’ve had to do a stand-up, I figured the best thing to do is to look relaxed and not look too excitable on camera, so I just lean on something. It just became a thing.’ Actor Dax Shepard even took the opportunity to address this habit in People magazine, saying that he loves “Dateline NBC” most of all due to Keith’s ability to always lean on virtually any surface.

Keith is on BuzzFeed

Over the years, Keith has managed to establish himself as one of the most popular broadcast journalists of all time, and as such, he was even parodied by actor Bill Hader in “Saturday Night Live”, which BuzzFeed took the opportunity to mention in a list citing ’19 Reasons Dateline’s Keith Morrison Is Television’s Greatest Gift To Mankind’. At this point, it’s safe to say that very few journalists have ever been this high in the eyes of the public, while Keith owes his personal achievement of such an image to his professionalism and dedication.

What is Keith Morrison’s Net Worth?

Do you ever ask yourself how rich Keith Morrison is these days, in the middle of 2019? This question can be answered by combining data from all of the authoritative sources, which approximate $10 million at the moment, while it is reputed that Keith earns $3 million annually from “Dateline NBC”. He created this income due to a highly successful journalistic career, over the course of which he lent his expertise to many media companies, though most prominently NBC. Seeing as he still maintains the said position, his wealth is expected to continue to grow.

Social Media Presence

Like any other big celebrity, Keith is expected to conform to the contemporary norm of a significant social network presence, which in turn greatly contributes to one’s net worth over time, owing to a level of interacting with the audience that television alone can simply never match. By keeping his social media profiles always updated on the most recent happenings in his private and professional life, Keith has the opportunity to attract all kinds of newcomers, who may just as well change their favorite channel to NBC after seeing what he has to offer, which results in a greater income for the star. It looks like Morrison maintains an active social media involvement, seeing as he’s present on two of the most popular ones. His Facebook page has over 30,000 fans, his Twitter almost 100,000, but no Instagram account exists.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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