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
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Icon Dies Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Wet Weather Increases Fire Fuels In Southern Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Zinke: 'The War On Coal Is Over' Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Leaders Work To Keep Coal Alive Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
US Forest Service Prepares For Fire Season Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Flagstaff Council Amends Minimum-Wage Law Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Uranium Mine Near Grand Canyon Deals With Excess Water Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Special-Education School To Get Clean Water Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Southwest Groups Ask New Interior Secretary To Protect Bears Ears Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Leaders: Tribal Members Should Be Exempt From AHCCCS Rule Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Minimum Wage Increase Divides Flagstaff Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Study: Climate Change To Have Big Impact On Colorado River Flow Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Generating Station Shutdown Devastates Navajos Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Hear the Complete Podcast: Earth+Bone Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 7: Navajo Torn Over Grand Canyon Tourist Attraction Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 6: San Carlos Apache Divided Over Copper Mine Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 5: Navajo Demand Human Remains Be Returned To Sacred Canyon De Chelly Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 4: Havasupai Stand Up To Mining Company Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 3: Utah GOPs Try To 'Trump' The Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 2: Wall Plan Desecrates Tohono O'odham Sacred Land Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Earth+Bone, Part 1: Standing Rock Sioux Fight Trump And Oil Pipeline Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Weather Service: Flagstaff To Get 3 Feet Of Snow Overnight Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Lawsuit Says BIE Misses The Mark With Native Students Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
President Rejects Grand Canyon Monument Proposal Laurel Morales March 26, 2018

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