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
Navajo Nation Holds Out Hope For Navajo Generating Station Buyer Laurel Morales Oct. 10, 2017
Feds Award $1.5 Million To Gallup Detox Center Laurel Morales Oct. 9, 2017
Phoenix And Flagstaff, Other Cities Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Laurel Morales Oct. 9, 2017
Navajo Housing Authority Forfeits $26 Million Laurel Morales Oct. 6, 2017
Navajo Hospital Wins $200 Million Lawsuit Against Federal Government Laurel Morales Oct. 5, 2017
Navajo Have Potential Buyer For Navajo Generating Station Laurel Morales Sep. 28, 2017
SURVIVE Act Would Help Tribes Fund Victims Services Laurel Morales Sep. 28, 2017
Navajos Experience Backlash When They Return Home Laurel Morales Sep. 26, 2017
Flagstaff Calls On Congress To Extend DACA Laurel Morales Sep. 21, 2017
EPA Installs Valve To Prevent Another Mine Spill Laurel Morales Sep. 20, 2017
A Poisoned People: Sanders Still Contends With Uranium Contamination Laurel Morales Sep. 20, 2017
Zinke Recommends Shrinking Six Monuments Including Bears Ears Laurel Morales Sep. 18, 2017
HUD Awards $8.3 Million To Arizona Tribes Laurel Morales Sep. 17, 2017
Hopi To Vote In Primary Election Sept. 14 Laurel Morales Sep. 12, 2017
Hualapai Agree To Settle Water Rights Conflict Laurel Morales Sep. 11, 2017
Flagstaff Police Debunk Deportation Scam Laurel Morales Aug. 30, 2017
Navajo Remain Invested In Coal Laurel Morales Aug. 24, 2017
Zinke Recommends No Eliminations, But Changes To Some Monuments Laurel Morales Aug. 24, 2017
Navajo, Other Tribes Consider Eclipse A Bad Omen Laurel Morales Aug. 21, 2017
Two At A Time: Cleanup Of Navajo Uranium Mines Slow Laurel Morales Aug. 9, 2017
Zinke Says No Changes To Grand Canyon-Parashant Laurel Morales Aug. 4, 2017
Navajo Allocate $3 Million To Former Bennett Freeze Housing Laurel Morales Aug. 1, 2017
Navajo Lawmakers Approve Plan To Purchase Colorado Ranch Laurel Morales Jul. 28, 2017
Many Mayer Homes Uninhabitable After Flash Flood Laurel Morales Jul. 27, 2017
Navajo Nation Wants To Buy Sacred Mountains In Colorado Laurel Morales Jul. 24, 2017

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