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
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
White Mountain Apache Tribe Struggling With COVID-19 Laurel Morales June 5, 2020
Report Shows Voting Inequities In Indian Country Laurel Morales June 4, 2020
Navajo Nation Stymied By Coronavirus Aid Restrictions Laurel Morales June 4, 2020
Navajo Nation Lifts Weekend Curfew Laurel Morales June 3, 2020
Navajo Gaming Prepares To Reopen Casinos Laurel Morales June 1, 2020
Navajos Lose Their Wisdom Keepers Laurel Morales May 27, 2020
Navajo Nation Attempts To Flatten Curve With Stricter Curfew Laurel Morales May 18, 2020
Despite Being No. 1, Navajo Curve Is Flattening Laurel Morales, Mark Brodie May 14, 2020
Navajo Leaders Prioritize How To Spend Fed Relief Dollars Laurel Morales May 14, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Reopens To Visitors Laurel Morales, Scott Bourque May 13, 2020
U.S. Treasury Needs More Time To Disperse Funds To Tribes Laurel Morales May 13, 2020
Ireland Pays It Forward To Navajos After An Act Of Kindness By Choctaws In 1830s Laurel Morales May 13, 2020
Navajo Nation No. 1 In U.S. Coronavirus Infection Rate Laurel Morales May 12, 2020