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.

Title Author Publication Date
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Million In Bonuses Laurel Morales June 20, 2017
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales June 19, 2017
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales June 16, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales June 12, 2017
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales June 09, 2017
Arizona Fire Restrictions Issued In Time For Holiday Weekend Laurel Morales May 29, 2017
Navajo Chapter Manager Accused Of Stealing $1 Million Laurel Morales May 26, 2017
Navajo Metal Band Produces Album With Metallica Producer Laurel Morales May 19, 2017
Public Given Shortened Comment Period On Bears Ears Laurel Morales May 18, 2017
Navajo President Calls For Its Housing Leaders To Step Down Laurel Morales May 03, 2017
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints Laurel Morales May 03, 2017
President To Order Review Of National Monuments Laurel Morales April 25, 2017
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Top In Chess Laurel Morales April 20, 2017
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales April 03, 2017
Navajo Icon Dies Laurel Morales April 03, 2017
Wet Weather Increases Fire Fuels In Southern Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales March 30, 2017
Zinke: 'The War On Coal Is Over' Laurel Morales March 29, 2017
Navajo Leaders Work To Keep Coal Alive Laurel Morales March 29, 2017
US Forest Service Prepares For Fire Season Laurel Morales March 27, 2017
Flagstaff Council Amends Minimum-Wage Law Laurel Morales March 22, 2017
Uranium Mine Near Grand Canyon Deals With Excess Water Laurel Morales March 20, 2017
Navajo Special-Education School To Get Clean Water Laurel Morales March 16, 2017
Southwest Groups Ask New Interior Secretary To Protect Bears Ears Laurel Morales March 08, 2017
Navajo Leaders: Tribal Members Should Be Exempt From AHCCCS Rule Laurel Morales March 04, 2017
Minimum Wage Increase Divides Flagstaff Laurel Morales March 02, 2017