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
Lacking Water And Electricity, COVID-19 Cases Surge On The Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 3, 2020
Federal Government Closes Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales April 1, 2020
Navajo President Extends Casino, School Closures Laurel Morales March 31, 2020
How Arizona Is Coping With Coronavirus: Navajo Nation, Pinetop-Lakeside Katherine Davis-Young, Laurel Morales March 31, 2020
Coconino County Officials Call For Grand Canyon Closure Laurel Morales March 26, 2020
Coronavirus Relief Package Provides $8 Billion For Tribes Laurel Morales, Mark Brodie March 26, 2020
Navajo Access To Water Compounds Response To Coronavirus Laurel Morales March 25, 2020
Conservationists: Oil Drilling Plan Doesn't Do Enough To Protect Chaco Laurel Morales March 2, 2020
On 101st Anniversary Of Grand Canyon Park, Tribes Remind Visitors Of Their Ties Laurel Morales Feb. 25, 2020
LA Takes Steps Toward Navajo Clean Energy Partnership Laurel Morales Feb. 19, 2020
Navajo Nation Wants To Provide Power To LA Laurel Morales Feb. 18, 2020
How Page Is Changing In Wake Of Navajo Generating Station's Closure Laurel Morales Feb. 25, 2020
Navajo Casino Hosts Job Fair Laurel Morales Feb. 6, 2020
Flagstaff, Tucson Get Funds To Combat Human Trafficking Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2020
Untold Arizona: The Legend Of La Llorona Laurel Morales Feb. 20, 2020
Navajo Code Talker Dies Joe Vandever Dies At 96 Laurel Morales Jan. 31, 2020
Rez Rizing App Connects Native Businesses To Users Laurel Morales Jan. 28, 2020
Navajo President: China Trade Deal Would Benefit Tribes Laurel Morales Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority Laurel Morales Jan. 15, 2020
Presidential Candidates Take Stage In Iowa And Las Vegas Laurel Morales Jan. 13, 2020
Team Attempts To Row Grand Canyon For The Record Laurel Morales Jan. 10, 2020
New App Connects Users To Native Businesses Laurel Morales Jan. 7, 2020
Navajo Request Federal Funding To Hire Coroners Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2020
4 Navajo Code Talkers Die In 2019, 5 Remain Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2020
Flagstaff Hungry Increase During Holidays Laurel Morales Dec. 23, 2019