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
Some Goodwin Fire Evacuees In A Holding Pattern Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Goodwin Fire Now 43 Percent Contained Laurel Morales June 30, 2017
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales June 30, 2017
Arizona's Goodwin Fire Considered Top U.S. Priority Laurel Morales June 29, 2017
Fry Bread Nation: Navajo Secret To Long Life Laurel Morales June 28, 2017
Navajo Generating Station To Operate Until 2019 Laurel Morales June 27, 2017
Fry Bread Nation: A Deadly Legacy Laurel Morales June 26, 2017
Fry Bread Nation: A Tragic Necessity Laurel Morales June 25, 2017
Navajo Nation To Negotiate Power Plant Lease Laurel Morales June 24, 2017
Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks Laurel Morales June 21, 2017
Coconino Finds 34 Abandoned Campfires In One Weekend Laurel Morales June 21, 2017
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Mil In Bonuses Laurel Morales June 20, 2017
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales June 19, 2017
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales June 16, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales June 13, 2017
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales June 09, 2017
Arizona Fire Restrictions Issued In Time For Holiday Weekend Laurel Morales May 29, 2017
Navajo Chapter Manager Accused Of Stealing $1 Million Laurel Morales May 26, 2017
Navajo Metal Band Produces Album With Metallica Producer Laurel Morales May 19, 2017
Public Given Shortened Comment Period On Bears Ears Laurel Morales May 18, 2017
Navajo President Calls For Its Housing Leaders To Step Down Laurel Morales May 03, 2017
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints Laurel Morales May 03, 2017
President To Order Review Of National Monuments Laurel Morales April 25, 2017
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Top In Chess Laurel Morales April 20, 2017
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales April 03, 2017