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
Environmentalists: Glen Canyon Dam Plan Ignores Climate Science Laurel Morales Oct. 2, 2019
Firewood Gathering Ban Lifted In Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2019
'Nonsoon' Brings Record Low Rainfall To Flagstaff Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2019
Environmentalists Concerned About Dam Proposals Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Sept. 30, 2019
More Data Needed To Bridge Digital Divide Laurel Morales Sept. 20, 2019
Diné College, UA To Train Future Neuroscientists Laurel Morales Sept. 19, 2019
Activists Use Virtual Reality To Show Impacts Of Uranium Mining Laurel Morales Sept. 18, 2019
4FRI Requests Proposals To Prevent Arizona Wildfires Laurel Morales Sept. 17, 2019
Migrant Journey: Hospitality Makes Up For Lack Of Housing For Asylum Seekers In Maine Laurel Morales Sept. 17, 2019
Havasupai Work To Bridge Digital Divide In Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Sept. 16, 2019
Fire Prevention Efforts Caused Flagstaff Wildfire Laurel Morales Sept. 12, 2019
Tracing The Migrant Journey: Portland, Maine Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger Aug. 26, 2019
Wells Fargo Agrees To Pay Navajo $6.5 Million Settlement Laurel Morales Aug. 22, 2019
Museum Fire To Cost More Than $12 Million Laurel Morales Aug. 22, 2019
Environmental Groups Call On AZ To Close Uranium Mine Laurel Morales Aug. 21, 2019
Warren Makes Public Apology At Native American Forum Laurel Morales, Steve Goldstein Aug. 19, 2019
Bill Would Address Underfunded Native Programs Laurel Morales Aug. 16, 2019
Navajo Committee Seeks To Rename U.S. Highway Laurel Morales Aug. 14, 2019
AZ To Investigate Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Laurel Morales Aug. 13, 2019
Presidential Candidates To Address Native American Issues Laurel Morales Aug. 15, 2019
Prescott Lawsuit Vs. Pharmaceutical Companies Back In AZ Court Laurel Morales Aug. 8, 2019
Museum Fire: Isolated Storms Bring Wind, Flood Threats Laurel Morales July 26, 2019
Rain Brings Fire Relief, Flood Concerns To Flagstaff Laurel Morales, Jimmy Jenkins July 24, 2019
Gusty Winds, Little Rain As Crews Battle Museum Fire Laurel Morales, Scott Bourque, Steve Goldstein July 23, 2019
Diné College Tries To Save Navajo Medicine People Laurel Morales July 23, 2019