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
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
Museum Fire Burns One Mile North Of Flagstaff Laurel Morales July 22, 2019
House Committee Pass Bills To Prevent Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales July 17, 2019
Lawsuit Challenges Northern Arizona Fracking Leases Laurel Morales July 16, 2019
Prescribed Fires Planned Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales June 17, 2019
Navajo Code Talkers: The 'Miracle' That Ended World War II Laurel Morales June 17, 2019
Report: Retrofitting NGS Would Boost Navajo Economy Laurel Morales June 11, 2019
Congress Considers 2 Bills That Would Ban Mining Near Grand Canyon, Chaco Laurel Morales June 5, 2019
3 Navajo Code Talkers Die In A Month Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger June 4, 2019
Report: Tribes Need Help To Recover From NGS Shutdown Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Pastor Runs For President Of The U.S. Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Council Considers Hemp Pilot Project Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Receive Federal Loan To Complete Solar Farm Laurel Morales May 30, 2019
Navajo To Open First Cancer Center In Indian Country Laurel Morales May 29, 2019
Flagstaff Disabled Service Providers At Risk Laurel Morales May 24, 2019
Utilities Across U.S. Help Navajo Get Power Laurel Morales May 24, 2019
Arizona Education Department Fixes Navajo Scholarship Confusion Laurel Morales May 22, 2019
Navajo May Acquire Copy Of 1868 Treaty Laurel Morales May 22, 2019
Committee Passes Navajo-Utah Water Settlement Laurel Morales May 16, 2019