Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales (Flagstaff) believes everyone has an amazing story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions.

Morales seeks new angles and compelling unheard voices like the ex-gang member working to graduate from high school, or the honor guard who stayed with the bodies of the 19 firefighters who died last summer, or the art dealer who after visiting the Hopi decided to return sacred artifacts to the tribe.

Morales came to northern Arizona in 2003 from rural Minnesota, where she worked as a reporter after receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She left Minnesota Public Radio after her contact lenses froze to her eyeballs on a short walk from her apartment to the station. While Flagstaff still has snow, the winters are short and bearable.

And there’s never a shortage of stories in northern Arizona. She’s covered environmental issues at the Grand Canyon, the impact of war, wildfires and everything in between. Living next to the largest tribe and reservation in the country, many of her stories are about American Indian issues. And many of those stories are picked up by national programs.

She has won several Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards and a national PRNDI for the only commentary she's ever written. It was about changing her name from Druley to Morales when she got married.

Follow her on Twitter: @laurelgwyn.

Titlesort descending Author Publication Date
International Adoptions At Lowest Level In 10 Years Laurel Morales August 19, 2013
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales April 03, 2017
Some Environmentalists Say Glen Canyon Dam Plan Doesn't Do Enough For Endangered Species Laurel Morales October 07, 2016
U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Cases On Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales December 13, 2016
'Grand Dame Of The West' Katie Lee Dies At 98 Laurel Morales November 01, 2017
'These Are The Worst Of Times For Firefighters' Laurel Morales July 02, 2013
19 Firefighters Killed In Fast-Moving Arizona Fire Laurel Morales June 30, 2013
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales June 30, 2017
20 NAU Students, Staff Stranded In Snow Laurel Morales February 24, 2015
2012 The Warmest Year On Record Laurel Morales January 08, 2013
500 Native American Veterans Get Nearly $6 Million In Grants Laurel Morales January 11, 2016
6 Homes Destroyed By Fire In Kingman Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
A Billágaana's Attempt At Understanding Laurel Morales February 20, 2013
A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town Laurel Morales October 09, 2012
A Look At Haunted Flagstaff Laurel Morales October 31, 2011
A Navajo Thanksgiving Laurel Morales November 24, 2011
A New App Can Help Determine If Water Is Safe Laurel Morales March 07, 2016
A Poisoned People: For Navajo, Uranium Contamination Is Environmental Racism Laurel Morales November 20, 2017
A Poisoned People: Sanders Still Contends With Uranium Contamination Laurel Morales September 20, 2017
ACLU Sues Flagstaff For Cracking Down On Panhandling Laurel Morales June 27, 2013
Activist Erin Brockovich Tours Navajo Nation To See Impact Of Mine Spill Laurel Morales September 09, 2015
ADEQ Will Hold Public Hearings On Mines Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales August 25, 2016
Adoptions From Congo At Two-Year Standstill Laurel Morales September 24, 2015
Adult Obesity Rates Continue To Rise Laurel Morales September 18, 2012
After 'Failure in Leadership,' New Grand Canyon Superintendent Part Of Culture Change Laurel Morales July 28, 2016