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
Police: Arizona Family Most Likely Died Of CO Poisoning Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2018
Native Americans Are Some Of The Most Vulnerable To Sex Trafficking Laurel Morales Dec. 7, 2017
Coconino Search And Rescue On Track To Break Record Laurel Morales Dec. 4, 2017
AZ DUI Arrests Down Thanks To Uber, Lyft Laurel Morales Dec. 4, 2017
Trump To Shrink Utah Monuments By Two-Thirds Laurel Morales Dec. 1, 2017
Gallup, New Mexico — 'Drunk Town, USA' — Works To Change Its Image Laurel Morales Nov. 30, 2017
A Poisoned People: For Navajo, Uranium Contamination Is Environmental Racism Laurel Morales Nov. 20, 2017
Winter Is Coming: Unpacking Flagstaff's Love-Hate Relationship With Phoenix Laurel Morales Nov. 15, 2017
Flagstaff Passes Resolution Against Uranium Hauling Laurel Morales Nov. 9, 2017
'Grand Dame Of The West' Katie Lee Dies At 98 Laurel Morales Nov. 1, 2017
Navajo Council Rejects Grand Canyon Tram Proposal Laurel Morales Nov. 1, 2017
Trump To Shrink Bears Ears Laurel Morales Oct. 27, 2017
National Park Service Wants To Hike Entrance Fees Laurel Morales Oct. 25, 2017
Flagstaff Council To Pass Resolution Against Uranium Hauling Laurel Morales Oct. 19, 2017
Harassment, Discrimination Experienced By 38 Percent of NPS Employees Laurel Morales Oct. 13, 2017
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