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
Navajo Library Wants To Preserve Oral History And Save Culture Laurel Morales January 02, 2017
Zoo Provides More Eagle Feathers For Navajos To Reduce Eagle Poaching Laurel Morales December 27, 2016
Havasupai, Enviros Battle Over Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales December 16, 2016
U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Cases On Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales December 13, 2016
Havasupai Sue To Protect Their Water Laurel Morales December 08, 2016
Navajo Farmers Can't Wait On Legal Battle Of Mine Waste Spill Laurel Morales December 07, 2016
USDA Employees Report Culture Of Harassment, Retaliation Laurel Morales December 01, 2016
Obama Could Still Make Bears Ears A Monument Laurel Morales December 01, 2016
Flagstaff Reduces Exposure Deaths By 75 Percent Laurel Morales November 28, 2016
Southwest Tribes, Towns Protest Dakota Access Pipeline Laurel Morales November 21, 2016
Flagstaff Elects First African-American Mayor Laurel Morales November 09, 2016
Coconino County Election Workers Hike Into Supai Village To Set Up Polls Laurel Morales November 08, 2016
Land Buy Back Program Helps Tribes Consolidate 1.7 Million Acres Laurel Morales November 01, 2016
Kids Pick Up Adult's Election Opinions And Anxieties Laurel Morales October 31, 2016
In Arizona CD1, Voters Look Past Candidates' Flaws To District Issues Laurel Morales October 26, 2016
SRP Tests Biomass At Coal-Fired Power Plant Laurel Morales October 26, 2016
Oil Companies Want To Drill Next To Chaco Canyon Laurel Morales October 20, 2016
Sanders Stumps For Clinton In Flagstaff Laurel Morales October 18, 2016
Navajo Request For More Polling Sites Denied Laurel Morales October 17, 2016
Some Environmentalists Say Glen Canyon Dam Plan Doesn't Do Enough For Endangered Species Laurel Morales October 07, 2016
Young Navajo Voters Want To See More From Hillary Clinton Laurel Morales October 05, 2016
For A Navajo Voter In Arizona, Environment, Jobs Are Top Concerns Laurel Morales October 04, 2016
House, Senate Pass Resolution To Stop Artifact Trafficking Laurel Morales September 29, 2016
More National Park Service Employees File Harassment Complaints Laurel Morales September 22, 2016
Hopi Welcome Tourists But Guard Their Secrets Laurel Morales September 20, 2016