Laurel Morales photoSenior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales (Flagstaff) believes everyone has an amazing story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions.

Morales seeks new angles and compelling unheard voices like the ex-gang member working to graduate from high school, or the honor guard who stayed with the bodies of the 19 firefighters who died in Yarnell, Ariz., or the art dealer who after visiting the Hopi decided to return sacred artifacts to the tribe.

Morales came to northern Arizona in 2003 from rural Minnesota, where she worked as a reporter after receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She left Minnesota Public Radio after her contact lenses froze to her eyeballs on a short walk from her apartment to the station. While Flagstaff still has snow, the winters are short and bearable.

And there’s never a shortage of stories in northern Arizona. She’s covered environmental issues at the Grand Canyon, the impact of war, water shortages, wildfires and everything in between. Living next to the largest tribe and reservation in the country, many of her stories are about American Indian issues. And many of those stories are picked up by national programs.

She has won several Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards and a national PRNDI award for the only commentary she's ever written. It was about changing her name from Druley to Morales when she got married.

Follow Laurel Morales on Twitter @laurelgwyn.

Title Author Publication Date
ADEQ Will Hold Public Hearings On Mines Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales August 25, 2016
Mesa Group Home Cares For Fragile Native American Children Laurel Morales August 22, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Laura Fallon Laurel Morales August 12, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Laura Fallon Laurel Morales August 11, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Betsy Harter Laurel Morales August 10, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Brad Dimock Laurel Morales August 09, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Christa Sadler Laurel Morales August 08, 2016
Arizona River Stories: David Edwards Laurel Morales August 08, 2016
After 'Failure in Leadership,' New Grand Canyon Superintendent Part Of Culture Change Laurel Morales July 27, 2016
National Park Service Takes Steps To Change Culture Of Harassment Laurel Morales July 27, 2016
Navajo Leaders Outraged No Charges Filed In Officer Shooting Laurel Morales July 25, 2016
How A Small Key Chain Button Can Protect Young Women From Assault Laurel Morales July 21, 2016
As National Parks Turn 100, Worry Begins About Next 100 Laurel Morales July 18, 2016
Legislation Would Stiffen Penalty For Export Of Sacred Native American Artifacts Laurel Morales July 08, 2016
Navajo Girl's Death Prompts Amber Alert Taskforce Laurel Morales July 08, 2016
After 8-Year Vacancy, Navajo Hire Police Chief Laurel Morales July 06, 2016
Gangs Overwhelm Remote Navajo Nation Town Laurel Morales July 06, 2016
Tribes Lack Access To USDA Grants, Despite Running 72,000 Farms Across US Laurel Morales June 23, 2016
US Senate Committee Passes 3 Bills To Make Indian Country Safer Laurel Morales June 23, 2016
NAU, TGen Develop Faster MRSA Test Laurel Morales June 15, 2016
Navajo Leaders Want To Meet With Trump, Clinton Ahead Of Election Laurel Morales June 14, 2016
The Costs Behind A Migrant Crisis: Unaccompanied Minors In The Hands Of Traffickers Laurel Morales June 10, 2016
Lessons Learned 10 Years After Northern Arizona's Warm Fire Laurel Morales June 07, 2016
Arizona Warm Fire 10 Years Later: A Cautionary Tale Laurel Morales June 07, 2016
US Army Returns Children's Remains From First Indian Boarding School To Tribes Laurel Morales May 31, 2016