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
Utilities From All Over Install Electricity On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 23, 2019
$220 Million Available To Clean Up Navajo Uranium Mines Laurel Morales April 19, 2019
Legislation Would Provide Funds For Route 66 Towns Laurel Morales April 9, 2019
Navajo Energy Turns Toward Renewables Laurel Morales April 8, 2019
Navajo President Proclaims Renewable Energy Its Top Priority Laurel Morales April 2, 2019
Untold Arizona: Two Guns Ghost Town Marks End Of An Era Laurel Morales April 1, 2019
Flagstaff Responds To Hate Crime With Love Laurel Morales March 29, 2019
White House To Investigate Sexual Abuse At IHS Laurel Morales March 26, 2019
Condemned Tohono O'odham School Reopens Laurel Morales March 26, 2019
Program That Preserves Route 66 To Sunset Laurel Morales March 22, 2019
Navajo Gives Up Navajo Generating Station Bid Laurel Morales March 22, 2019
Companies Pay To Clean Up Abandoned Coal Mines Little By Little Laurel Morales March 20, 2019
ICWA Case Heads To Appeals Court Laurel Morales March 12, 2019
Utah Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Shrink Monuments Laurel Morales March 12, 2019
Tribal Law Enforcement Understaffed, Underfunded Laurel Morales March 7, 2019
Arsenic In Hopi Water Is Three Times The Legal Limit Laurel Morales March 7, 2019
The Grand Canyon That Almost Wasn't Laurel Morales Feb. 26, 2019
GAO: Superfund Data Lacks For Native Sites Laurel Morales Feb. 25, 2019
Winter Storm Dumping Heavy Snowfall, Rain Across Arizona Holliday Moore, Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein, Laurel Morales, Mythili Gubbi, Jimmy Jenkins, Isabella Hulsizer, Al Macias, Kerry Fehr-Snyder
Associated Press
Feb. 21, 2019
Scientists Say Unprocessed Uranium Poses Little Threat Laurel Morales, Steve Goldstein Feb. 20, 2019
As NGS Shutdown Looms, Small Business Fills Gap Laurel Morales Feb. 19, 2019
Environmental Groups Plan To Sue Peabody Energy Laurel Morales Feb. 14, 2019
Grand Canyon Brings Superintendent Back Laurel Morales Feb. 7, 2019
GAO: Interior Department Needs To Help Tribes Laurel Morales Jan. 30, 2019
Tribes At Border Propose Visa Laurel Morales Jan. 28, 2019