Laurel Morales

Senior Field Correspondent - Fronteras Desk

Known as “the informer” among her siblings, Laurel Morales came by reporting naturally.

She’s been a public radio reporter since 1998, cutting tape with a razor blade at KQED’s California Report. She traded in her flip-flops for snow boots to work for Minnesota Public Radio, where she received her first digital recorder. But Morales has spent most of her career in northern Arizona where she’s had the honor to witness a Miss Navajo sheep butchering contest, a Havasupai medicine woman’s ceremony, and a group of blind teens hike the Grand Canyon.

She joined KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in 2011. In 2017, Morales produced a multi-platform project called Earth+Bone about what tribes believe to be sacred and what Westerners consider fair game. She’s won several awards for her work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the Yarnell Hill Fire. She earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Title Author Publication Date
Goodwin Fire: Hundreds Of Animals Evacuated Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Some Goodwin Fire Evacuees In A Holding Pattern Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Goodwin Fire Now 43 Percent Contained Laurel Morales June 30, 2017
Arizona's Goodwin Fire Considered Top U.S. Priority Laurel Morales June 29, 2017
Flagstaff Elects First African-American Mayor Laurel Morales November 09, 2016
It's Republican Paul Babeu And Democrat Tom O'Halleran In Monstrous CD-1 Race Laurel Morales August 31, 2016
Arizona Secretary Of State Spent $750,000 On New Website, Promptly Glitches During Primary Laurel Morales August 31, 2016
Lessons Learned 10 Years After Northern Arizona's Warm Fire Laurel Morales June 07, 2016
National Weather Service Calls For Winter Weather Advisory In Northern Arizona Laurel Morales January 05, 2016
Run To Pray, Run To Win: Hopi High Cross County Team Has Longest Winning Streak In US Laurel Morales November 20, 2015
Dad Of NAU Student Killed In Shooting Speaks Out Against Gun Violence Laurel Morales October 12, 2015
Prosecutor: Fatal Northern Arizona University Shooting Wasn't Self-Defense Laurel Morales October 09, 2015
Tobin Concedes To Kirkpatrick In US House Race Laurel Morales November 05, 2014
One Year Later, How Yarnell Is Recovering Laurel Morales June 27, 2014
Prepared Lodge Owner Saved Historic Property From Slide Fire Laurel Morales May 23, 2014
Slide Fire Keeps Growing, But Crews Keeping It Away From Flagstaff Laurel Morales May 22, 2014
Hollywood Provokes With New Drug War Shows September 06, 2013
Closure of detox center could lead to exposure deaths near Navajo Nation December 31, 2011
Sweat lodge tragedy highlights lack of self-help industry regulations December 29, 2011
Mexican gray wolf numbers coming up short December 24, 2011