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
3 Arizonans Compete For Miss Indian World Title Laurel Morales April 23, 2015
After Fire And Rain, Oak Creek Canyon Holds Steady Laurel Morales August 20, 2014
Arizona Investigates Pronghorn Poaching Laurel Morales July 14, 2014
Doctor Unmasked As Artist Provokes, Inspires On The Navajo Nation Laurel Morales August 19, 2015
Earthquake Shakes Northern Arizona Laurel Morales December 02, 2014
Elusive Flagstaff Artist Awarded National Medal Of Arts Laurel Morales August 04, 2014
Fireworks Shows Planned Despite Extreme Fire Danger Laurel Morales July 03, 2014
Flagstaff Resort To Open On Friday With Man-Made Snow Laurel Morales November 27, 2014
Flagstaff To Decide If Land Surrounding Monument Needs Protection Laurel Morales July 08, 2014
French Officials Reject Hopi's Attempt To Stop Sale Of Sacred Items Laurel Morales May 29, 2015
Grand Canyon's Kolb Studio Lives On Laurel Morales July 18, 2014
Junk Food Tax May Send Navajos Back To Their Roots Laurel Morales April 08, 2015
Legendary Grand Canyon Conservationist, Boatman Dies Laurel Morales December 03, 2014
Mixed Reviews Of EPA's Clean Power Plan Laurel Morales December 02, 2014
Native Children Exposed To Violence More Than Any Other Race Laurel Morales November 18, 2014
Navajo Family Fights To Stay At National Monument Laurel Morales April 23, 2014
Navajo Housing Authority Still Fights Feds For Funds Laurel Morales August 20, 2014
Navajo Slow To Rebuild After Development Freeze August 01, 2013
Navajo To Vote On Language Requirement Laurel Morales July 14, 2015
New York Man Arrested For Threatening Calls To Flagstaff Schools Laurel Morales July 21, 2015
Study Finds Inconsistent Access To Plan B In Indian Country Laurel Morales December 25, 2014
After Wildfire, Winter Weather Means Oak Creek At Risk For Flooding Laurel Morales March 02, 2015
Animas River Opens, San Juan River Remains Closed Laurel Morales August 15, 2015
Arizona Bald Eagle Stays Off Endangered List Laurel Morales November 06, 2014
Arizona Scientists Develop High-Res Mars Map Laurel Morales August 05, 2014

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