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
Human-Caused Fire Burns Despite Forest Closures, Restrictions Laurel Morales May. 29, 2018
2,500 Native Women Murdered Or Missing Laurel Morales May. 28, 2018
Coconino County To Levy Flood Control Tax Laurel Morales May. 15, 2018
New Bill Would Keep Navajo Coal Plant Open Laurel Morales May. 11, 2018
Hopi Tribal Council Ousts School Board Laurel Morales May. 11, 2018
More Water and Electrical Lines Coming To Navajo Laurel Morales May. 8, 2018
Wall Would Affect Endangered Species Laurel Morales May. 8, 2018
Hundreds Of Tinder Fire Evacuees Return Home Laurel Morales, Austin Westfall May. 4, 2018
Navajo Teachers Change Rally Cry To 'Rez For Ed' Laurel Morales May. 3, 2018
Weather To Change For Firefighters Battling Tinder Fire Laurel Morales Apr. 30, 2018
Tinder Fire Burns Several Homes, Forces Many To Evacuate Laurel Morales Apr. 30, 2018
Ducey Signs Navajo Generating Station Buyer Incentive Laurel Morales Apr. 26, 2018
Trump Administration Threatens Tribes' Treaty Rights Laurel Morales Apr. 25, 2018
Arizona's Rural, Indian Country Teachers Walk Out Laurel Morales Apr. 25, 2018
GAO: Hopi And Navajo Relocation Help Still Needed Laurel Morales Apr. 24, 2018
Indian Meadow Fire Forces Evacuations In N. Arizona Laurel Morales Apr. 23, 2018
Northern Arizona Faces Surge Of People Without Homes Laurel Morales Apr. 20, 2018
Arizona Lawmakers OK Tax Break To Potential Coal Plant Buyers Laurel Morales Apr. 19, 2018
Trauma Of Assimilation Still Felt By Navajo Students Today Laurel Morales Apr. 17, 2018
Inmate Sues Coconino Jail Over ICE Detainer Policy Laurel Morales Apr. 16, 2018
Navajo Nation Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors Laurel Morales Apr. 12, 2018
Third Eagle Shot In Two Weeks On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Apr. 9, 2018
Feds Must Provide Mental Health Service For Native Kids Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2018
Navajo Sues Department Of Justice Over Officer-Involved Shooting Death Laurel Morales Mar. 29, 2018
Congress Passes Bill To Bring AMBER Alerts To Indian Country Laurel Morales Mar. 23, 2018