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
Goodwin Fire Now 43 Percent Contained Laurel Morales Jun. 30, 2017
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales Jun. 30, 2017
Arizona's Goodwin Fire Considered Top U.S. Priority Laurel Morales, Stina Sieg Jun. 29, 2017
Navajo Generating Station To Operate Until 2019 Laurel Morales Jun. 27, 2017
Fry Bread Nation Laurel Morales Jun. 26, 2017
Navajo Nation To Negotiate Power Plant Lease Laurel Morales Jun. 24, 2017
Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks Laurel Morales Jun. 21, 2017
Coconino Finds 34 Abandoned Campfires In One Weekend Laurel Morales Jun. 21, 2017
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Million In Bonuses Laurel Morales Jun. 20, 2017
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales Jun. 19, 2017
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales Jun. 16, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales Jun. 12, 2017
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jun. 9, 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. 3, 2017
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints Laurel Morales May. 3, 2017
President To Order Review Of National Monuments Laurel Morales Apr. 25, 2017
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Top In Chess Laurel Morales Apr. 20, 2017
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2017
Navajo Icon Dies Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2017
Wet Weather Increases Fire Fuels In Southern Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales Mar. 30, 2017
Zinke: 'The War On Coal Is Over' Laurel Morales Mar. 29, 2017