Laurel Morales

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
Feds Try To Clean Uranium Found In Navajo Water Laurel Morales Mar. 25, 2015
Native Americans Can Prosecute Non-Natives In Tribal Court Laurel Morales Mar. 16, 2015
Feds Pay Downwinders $2 Billion But Leave Out Mohave County Laurel Morales Mar. 5, 2015
Navajo Nation Files Petition Against U.S. Over Sacred Mountain Laurel Morales Mar. 3, 2015
After Wildfire, Winter Weather Means Oak Creek At Risk For Flooding Laurel Morales Mar. 2, 2015
20 NAU Students, Staff Stranded In Snow Laurel Morales Feb. 24, 2015
Dentists Overwhelmed By Tooth Decay In Navajo Children Laurel Morales Feb. 24, 2015
Flagstaff, Prescott Honor Kayla Mueller Laurel Morales Feb. 13, 2015
Some Tribes See Opportunity In Marijuana Business, Others See Destruction Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2015
Hopi Make Strong Connection To Reggae Music Laurel Morales Feb. 3, 2015
US Reps: Grand Canyon Monument Would Protect Watershed Laurel Morales Jan. 29, 2015
Historic Environmental Settlement For Navajo Nation Finalized Laurel Morales Jan. 26, 2015
Federal Regulators Change Mexican Wolf Protections Laurel Morales Jan. 12, 2015
Rights Group: President’s Action Criminalizes Those Trying To Join Family Laurel Morales Jan. 8, 2015
Yarnell Hill Memorial Proposals To Be Heard Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2015
Study Finds Inconsistent Access To Plan B In Indian Country Laurel Morales Dec. 25, 2014
Navajo Community To Get Water Needs Met Laurel Morales Dec. 23, 2014
Firefighters Twice As Likely To Get Certain Cancers Laurel Morales Dec. 22, 2014
Fire Departments Install Exhaust Controls Laurel Morales Dec. 22, 2014
High Demand For Turquoise Has Silversmiths Raising Jewelry Prices Laurel Morales Dec. 17, 2014
Jail Builds Sweat Lodge For Native Inmates Laurel Morales Dec. 11, 2014
Colorado River Delta 25 Percent Greener Laurel Morales Dec. 10, 2014
Obama Announces Native Youth Initiative Laurel Morales Dec. 3, 2014
Legendary Grand Canyon Conservationist, Boatman Dies Laurel Morales Dec. 3, 2014
Earthquake Shakes Northern Arizona Laurel Morales Dec. 1, 2014