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
Navajo President Calls On Congress To Hold EPA Accountable For Spill Laurel Morales Sep. 16, 2015
Flash Flood Kills 12 In Utah-Arizona Border Town Laurel Morales Sep. 15, 2015
Xanterra Holds Onto Grand Canyon Contract Laurel Morales Sep. 10, 2015
Activist Erin Brockovich Tours Navajo Nation To See Impact Of Mine Spill Laurel Morales Sep. 9, 2015
Navajo Nation Asks For FEMA Help, While Preparing To Sue EPA Laurel Morales Sep. 3, 2015
Navajo Nation Investigates EPA Water Tanks Laurel Morales Aug. 20, 2015
Doctor Unmasked As Artist Provokes, Inspires On The Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Aug. 19, 2015
Navajo Nation Farmers Worry About Future Seasons After EPA Spill Laurel Morales Aug. 17, 2015
Animas River Opens, San Juan River Remains Closed Laurel Morales Aug. 15, 2015
Navajo Farmers Air Frustrations To EPA Over Wastewater Spill Laurel Morales Aug. 14, 2015
Navajo Farmers Watch Crops Dry Up In Wake Of Mine Wastewater Spill Laurel Morales Aug. 11, 2015
Navajo President Threatens To Sue EPA Over Mine Spill Laurel Morales Aug. 11, 2015
Navajo Language Decision Represents Paradigm Shift Laurel Morales Aug. 10, 2015
EPA Releases Mine Waste Into Colorado's Animas River Laurel Morales Aug. 7, 2015
Yarnell Homeowners File Appeal Over State's Responsibility Laurel Morales Aug. 4, 2015
Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage Doesn't Apply To Tribes Laurel Morales Jul. 31, 2015
Navajo Nation Votes To Relax Language Law Laurel Morales Jul. 21, 2015
New York Man Accused Of Making Threatening Calls To Flagstaff Schools Laurel Morales Jul. 21, 2015
Congress Holds Hearing On Native American Juvenile Justice Laurel Morales Jul. 15, 2015
Navajo To Vote On Language Requirement Laurel Morales Jul. 14, 2015
Reports: Juvenile Justice System Fails Native Youth Laurel Morales Jun. 30, 2015
Artists To Complete Arizona's Largest Mural Laurel Morales Jun. 26, 2015
Illegal Dumps Overwhelm Northern Arizona Tribes Laurel Morales Jun. 25, 2015
Feds Require Utilities Pay For Pollution Controls, Medical Expenses Laurel Morales Jun. 24, 2015
Navajo Nation Zoo To Provide More Eagle Feathers Laurel Morales Jun. 11, 2015