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
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
Downwinders Restitution Bill Introduced Laurel Morales Jan. 28, 2019
Medicaid Decision Sets Precedent For Indian Country Laurel Morales Jan. 22, 2019
Native American Union Sues Federal Government Laurel Morales Jan. 22, 2019
Grand Canyon Maintenance Load Lightened Laurel Morales Jan. 21, 2019
Shutdown Causes Native American Health Clinics To Close Laurel Morales Jan. 18, 2019
New Navajo President Faces Big Economic Challenges Laurel Morales Jan. 16, 2019
AZ Federal Workers Brace For No Paychecks As Shutdown Continues Laurel Morales, Matthew Casey Jan. 11, 2019
Partial Government Shutdown Harming Navajo Nation Mark Brodie, Laurel Morales Jan. 9, 2019
Shutdown Could Have Big Impact On Food Programs Laurel Morales Jan. 8, 2019
Navajo Nation LGBTQ Youth Find Unlikely Champions Laurel Morales Jan. 8, 2019
Shutdown Means Shut In For Some Navajo Laurel Morales Jan. 7, 2019
National Parks Stay Open, Many Unstaffed Laurel Morales Jan. 4, 2019
150 Years Of Grand Canyon Boating And No Museum Laurel Morales Dec. 26, 2018
As Grand Canyon Celebrates 100 Years, It Collaborates With Tribes Laurel Morales Dec. 17, 2018
Congress May Help Tribes Solve Missing People Cases Laurel Morales Dec. 13, 2018
75 Years Later, Japanese-American Internment Camp Remembered Laurel Morales Dec. 5, 2018