Laurel Morales

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Senior Field Correspondent - Fronteras Desk

Known as “the informer” among her siblings, Laurel Morales came by reporting naturally.

She’s been a public radio reporter since 1998, cutting tape with a razor blade at KQED’s California Report. She traded in her flip-flops for snow boots to work for Minnesota Public Radio, where she received her first digital recorder. But Morales has spent most of her career in northern Arizona where she’s had the honor to witness a Miss Navajo sheep butchering contest, a Havasupai medicine woman’s ceremony, and a group of blind teens hike the Grand Canyon.

She joined KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk in 2011. In 2017, Morales produced a multi-platform project called Earth+Bone about what tribes believe to be sacred and what Westerners consider fair game. She’s won several awards for her work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award for her continuing coverage of the Yarnell Hill Fire. She earned her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Title Author(s) Publication Date
KJZZ Launches '2 Lives' Podcast Steve Goldstein, Laurel Morales Oct. 12, 2020
2 Lives: A New Podcast About Cheating Death Laurel Morales Oct. 9, 2020
Navajo See Farming Renaissance 5 Years After Mine Spill Laurel Morales July 24, 2020
Prescott National Forest Mineral Withdrawal Expires Laurel Morales, Steve Goldstein July 28, 2020
Feds Open Offices To Solve Cold Cases In Indian Country Laurel Morales July 28, 2020
Navajo Nation Remains Cautious About Reopening Laurel Morales July 22, 2020
Flagstaff Prepares For Flood One Year After Fire Laurel Morales July 20, 2020
White Mountain Apache Shelter In Place Effective Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger July 15, 2020
Washington Football Team Retires Mascot, Activists Wait For Rebrand Laurel Morales July 14, 2020
Group Provides Hay For Hopi Ranchers During Pandemic Laurel Morales July 13, 2020
Legislation Would Help Parks Address $12B Maintenance Backlog Laurel Morales July 9, 2020
Navajo Ask Congress For More Time To Spend Relief Funds Laurel Morales July 9, 2020
Nonprofit Flies Supplies To Navajo And Hopi Laurel Morales July 7, 2020
U.S. Senators Urge Justice Department To Protect Native Voting Rights Laurel Morales July 2, 2020
White Mountain Apache To Receive $3M To Help Fight COVID-19 Laurel Morales July 6, 2020
Fire On Navajo Nation Grows To 10,000 Acres Laurel Morales July 2, 2020
Park Service Requests Boaters Bypass Havasu Creek, Waterfall Laurel Morales July 1, 2020
Coronavirus Hotspots Now Surround Navajo Nation Laurel Morales June 30, 2020
Wildfire Threatens Communities On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales June 30, 2020
Judge: Alaska Native Corporations Eligible For COVID Relief Funds Laurel Morales June 29, 2020
White Mountain Apache Shut Down Reservation Laurel Morales June 29, 2020
Hiker Dies At Grand Canyon Of Heat-Related Illness Laurel Morales June 26, 2020
Native Americans Face Vote-By-Mail Obstacles Laurel Morales June 26, 2020
Havasupai Tribe Tells River Trips To Stay Away Laurel Morales June 25, 2020
Flagstaff Will Require Masks In Public Laurel Morales June 19, 2020