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
Yarnell Tragedy Spurs Forest Service To Improve Fire Shelters Laurel Morales June 30, 2014
Yarnell Homeowners File Appeal Over State's Responsibility Laurel Morales August 04, 2015
Yarnell Hill Memorial Proposals To Be Heard Laurel Morales January 06, 2015
US Reps: Grand Canyon Monument Would Protect Watershed Laurel Morales January 29, 2015
Uranium Exposure Linked To Skin Cancer Laurel Morales August 08, 2014
Tobin Concedes To Kirkpatrick In US House Race Laurel Morales November 05, 2014
Thousands Of Early Votes Cast In Navajo Election That May Be Canceled Laurel Morales October 30, 2014
Thousands Of Comments Received On Tusayan Development Laurel Morales June 03, 2015
Sweat lodge tragedy highlights lack of self-help industry regulations December 29, 2011
Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Apply To Tribes Laurel Morales July 31, 2015
Some Tribes See Opportunity In Marijuana Business, Others See Destruction Laurel Morales February 04, 2015
Slide Fire Keeps Growing, But Crews Keeping It Away From Flagstaff Laurel Morales May 22, 2014
Rights Group: President’s Action Criminalizes Those Trying To Join Family Laurel Morales January 08, 2015
Recent Navajo Police Officer Deaths Expose Increased Violence Laurel Morales May 19, 2015
Rains Cause Mudslides In Oak Creek Canyon Laurel Morales July 08, 2014
Prepared Lodge Owner Saved Historic Property From Slide Fire Laurel Morales May 23, 2014
One Year Not Enough Time To Heal From Yarnell Tragedy Laurel Morales July 01, 2014
One Year Later, How Yarnell Is Recovering Laurel Morales June 27, 2014
Oak Creek Canyon Visitors Can Soon Call For Help With Cellphones Laurel Morales May 19, 2015
New Navajo President Sworn In Laurel Morales May 13, 2015
New Arizona Law Would Make Abortion Inaccessible In Northern Arizona Laurel Morales May 12, 2014
Navajo Supreme Court Takes Up Fluency Case Laurel Morales September 18, 2014
Navajo Supreme Court Kicks Presidential Candidate Off The Ballot Laurel Morales October 22, 2014
Navajo Supreme Court Chief Justice Retires Laurel Morales May 14, 2015
Navajo Presidential Election Tentatively Set For Dec. 23 Laurel Morales November 13, 2014

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