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
Native Americans Ask Store To Remove Costumes Laurel Morales Oct. 31, 2018
9th Circuit Changes Mind On Grand Canyon Mine Claim Laurel Morales Oct. 27, 2018
Grand Canyon Superintendent Under Investigation Laurel Morales Oct. 23, 2018
Potential Closure Brings Change For Navajo Laurel Morales Oct. 22, 2018
How Does Texas ICWA Decision Impact AZ Adoptions? Laurel Morales Oct. 11, 2018
Texas Court Strikes Down ICWA Adoption Law Laurel Morales Oct. 11, 2018
GAO: Tribes Digital Divide Larger Than FCC Estimated Laurel Morales Oct. 8, 2018
More Auctions Of Sacred Tribal Items Planned Laurel Morales Oct. 8, 2018
Flagstaff Grapples With Growing Pains Laurel Morales Oct. 5, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Grand Canyon Mining Case Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2018
Spending Package Extends VAWA Laurel Morales Sept. 26, 2018
Bill Would Address National Park Repair Backlog Laurel Morales Sept. 21, 2018
Companies Back Out Of NGS Purchase Laurel Morales Sept. 21, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 6: The Rockers Laurel Morales Sept. 13, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 5: The Healer Laurel Morales Sept. 12, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 4: The Mother Laurel Morales Sept. 11, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 3: The Leader Laurel Morales Sept. 10, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 2: The Historian Laurel Morales Sept. 7, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 1: Kinaaldá Laurel Morales Sept. 6, 2018
Meteorologists Expect Relief From Drought Conditions For AZ Laurel Morales July 27, 2018
Grassroots Group Works To Save Navajo Horses Laurel Morales June 29, 2018
Park Service Restricts Water On North Rim Of Grand Canyon Laurel Morales June 18, 2018
Tribal, Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Coal Permit Laurel Morales June 18, 2018
Ex-Wife Calls Killer Her 'Personal Terrorist' Laurel Morales June 12, 2018
Goldwater Institute Questions ICWA's Constitutionality In 9th Circuit Laurel Morales June 12, 2018