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
A New App Can Help Determine If Water Is Safe Laurel Morales March 07, 2016
Adoptions From Congo At Two-Year Standstill Laurel Morales September 24, 2015
After Fire And Rain, Oak Creek Canyon Holds Steady Laurel Morales August 20, 2014
Arizona Investigates Pronghorn Poaching Laurel Morales July 14, 2014
Arizona River Stories: Christa Sadler Laurel Morales August 08, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Laura Fallon Laurel Morales August 12, 2016
Arizona Tribes Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux Laurel Morales September 15, 2016
Doctor Unmasked As Artist Provokes, Inspires On The Navajo Nation Laurel Morales August 19, 2015
Earth+Bone, Part 1: Standing Rock Sioux Fight Trump And Oil Pipeline Laurel Morales February 06, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 3: Utah GOPs Try To 'Trump' The Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales February 08, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 4: Havasupai Stand Up To Mining Company Laurel Morales February 09, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 7: Navajo Torn Over Grand Canyon Tourist Attraction Laurel Morales February 14, 2017
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