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 Publication Date
Navajo Hospital Wins $200M Lawsuit Against Federal Government Laurel Morales October 05, 2017
Navajo Have Potential Buyer For Navajo Generating Station Laurel Morales September 28, 2017
SURVIVE Act Would Help Tribes Fund Victims Services Laurel Morales September 28, 2017
Reporting Hate: Navajos Experience Backlash When They Return Home Laurel Morales September 26, 2017
Flagstaff Calls On Congress To Extend DACA Laurel Morales September 21, 2017
EPA Installs Valve To Prevent Another Mine Spill Laurel Morales September 20, 2017
A Poisoned People: Sanders Still Contends With Uranium Contamination Laurel Morales September 20, 2017
Zinke Recommends Shrinking Six Monuments Including Bears Ears Laurel Morales September 18, 2017
HUD Awards $8.3 Million To Arizona Tribes Laurel Morales September 17, 2017
Hopi To Vote In Primary Election Sept. 14 Laurel Morales September 12, 2017
Hualapai Agree To Settle Water Rights Conflict Laurel Morales September 11, 2017
Flagstaff Police Debunk Deportation Scam Laurel Morales August 30, 2017
Navajo Remain Invested In Coal Laurel Morales August 24, 2017
Zinke Recommends No Eliminations, But Changes To Some Monuments Laurel Morales August 24, 2017
Navajo, Other Tribes Consider Eclipse A Bad Omen Laurel Morales August 21, 2017
2 At A Time: Cleanup Of Navajo Uranium Mines Slow Laurel Morales August 09, 2017
Zinke Says No Changes To Grand Canyon-Parashant Laurel Morales August 04, 2017
Navajo Allocate $3 Million To Former Bennett Freeze Housing Laurel Morales August 01, 2017
Many Mayer Homes Uninhabitable After Flash Flood Laurel Morales July 27, 2017
Arizona Health Care Providers Worried About Reform Laurel Morales July 25, 2017
Navajo Nation Wants To Buy Sacred Mountains In Colorado Laurel Morales July 25, 2017
No Vacancy At Grand Canyon Cemetery Laurel Morales July 17, 2017
Grand Canyon Comes Up With River Plan After Harassment Report Laurel Morales July 13, 2017
6 Homes Destroyed By Fire In Kingman Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Hundreds Of Animals Evacuated Laurel Morales July 03, 2017