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