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.
|Slide Fire Keeps Growing, But Crews Keeping It Away From Flagstaff||Laurel Morales||May 22, 2014|
|New Arizona Law Would Make Abortion Inaccessible In Northern Arizona||Laurel Morales||May 12, 2014|
|Firefighting To Cost More Than Expected||Laurel Morales||May 01, 2014|
|Navajo Family Fights To Stay At National Monument||Laurel Morales||April 23, 2014|
|Colorado River Can Turn Deadly For Self-Guided Adventurers||Laurel Morales||April 16, 2014|
|Arizona Lawmakers Work On Survivor Benefit Bill||Laurel Morales||October 15, 2013|
|Hollywood Provokes With New Drug War Shows||September 06, 2013|
|Feds Process Same-Sex Spouse Visas||August 05, 2013|
|Navajo Slow To Rebuild After Development Freeze||August 01, 2013|
|Closure of detox center could lead to exposure deaths near Navajo Nation||December 31, 2011|
|Sweat lodge tragedy highlights lack of self-help industry regulations||December 29, 2011|
|Mexican gray wolf numbers coming up short||December 24, 2011|