Laurel Morales

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 Publication Date
Trauma Of Assimilation Still Felt By Navajo Students Today Laurel Morales April 17, 2018
Inmate Sues Coconino County Jail Over ICE Detainer Policy Laurel Morales April 16, 2018
Navajo Nation Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors Laurel Morales April 12, 2018
Third Eagle Shot In Two Weeks On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 09, 2018
Feds Must Provide Mental Health Service For Native Students Laurel Morales April 03, 2018
Grand Canyon Fish No Longer On Brink Of Extinction Laurel Morales March 22, 2018
Spending Bill Includes $20 Billion For Firefighting Laurel Morales March 22, 2018
Navajo Spellers Compete To Go To National Bee Laurel Morales March 14, 2018
Tribal, State, Local Leaders Discuss Hopi Land Settlement Laurel Morales March 13, 2018
Mining Companies Appeal Ban To Supreme Court Laurel Morales March 09, 2018
Northern Arizona Leaders To Discuss Hopi Land Swap Laurel Morales March 08, 2018
Bill To Fix National Parks Would Use Energy Revenue Laurel Morales March 07, 2018
Papillon Changes Tanks After Crash Laurel Morales February 28, 2018
Navajo President Cancels Wild Horse Hunt Laurel Morales February 28, 2018
House Passes Indian Country AMBER Alert Bill Laurel Morales February 28, 2018
Fifth Person Dies In Helicopter Crash Laurel Morales February 28, 2018
Navajos Settle Voting Rights Lawsuit Laurel Morales February 22, 2018
NTSB: Helicopter Spun Before Crashing Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales February 21, 2018
Flagstaff Program Keeps Homeless Housed Laurel Morales February 21, 2018
Park Service Wants To Make Desert View Watchtower A Cultural Heritage Site Laurel Morales February 19, 2018
Untold Arizona: El Tiradito Is No Ordinary Shrine Laurel Morales February 09, 2018
Navajo Amber Alert System Goes Live Laurel Morales February 05, 2018
Mom Says She’s Fostered 10,000 Navajo Children Laurel Morales January 30, 2018
No Entry Fee, Fewer Emergency Crews At Grand Canyon During Shutdown Laurel Morales January 22, 2018
Flagstaff Passes Resolution Against Border Wall Builders Laurel Morales January 17, 2018