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
Earth+Bone, Part 3: Utah GOPs Try To 'Trump' The Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales Feb. 8, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 2: Wall Plan Desecrates Tohono O'odham Sacred Land Laurel Morales Feb. 7, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 1: Standing Rock Sioux Fight Trump And Oil Pipeline Laurel Morales Feb. 6, 2017
Weather Service: Flagstaff To Get 3 Feet Of Snow Overnight Laurel Morales Jan. 23, 2017
Lawsuit Says BIE Misses The Mark With Native Students Laurel Morales Jan. 13, 2017
President Rejects Grand Canyon Monument Proposal Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2017
Interior Dept. Calls For More Collaboration To Protect Communities From Wildfires Laurel Morales Jan. 3, 2017
Game And Fish Proposes New Boating Rules, Checkpoints Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017
Are Monument Designations Permanent? Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017
Navajo Library Wants To Preserve Oral History And Save Culture Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017
Zoo Provides More Eagle Feathers For Navajos To Reduce Eagle Poaching Laurel Morales Dec. 27, 2016
Havasupai, Enviros Battle Over Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Dec. 16, 2016
U.S. Appeals Court To Hear Cases On Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Dec. 13, 2016
Inspectors: Navajo Wastewater Treatment Plants Violate Environmental Regulations Laurel Morales Dec. 12, 2016
Havasupai Sue To Protect Their Water Laurel Morales Dec. 8, 2016
Navajo Farmers Can't Wait On Legal Battle Over Mine Waste Spill Laurel Morales Dec. 6, 2016
USDA Employees Report Culture Of Harassment, Retaliation Laurel Morales Dec. 1, 2016
Obama Could Still Make Bears Ears A Monument Laurel Morales Dec. 1, 2016
Flagstaff Reduces Exposure Deaths By 75 Percent Laurel Morales Nov. 28, 2016
Southwest Tribes, Towns Protest Dakota Access Pipeline Laurel Morales Nov. 21, 2016
Flagstaff Elects First African-American Mayor Laurel Morales Nov. 9, 2016
Coconino County Election Workers Hike Into Supai Village To Set Up Polls Laurel Morales Nov. 8, 2016
Trump Jr. To Visit Valley, Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Nov. 3, 2016
Land Buy Back Program Helps Tribes Consolidate 1.7 Million Acres Laurel Morales Nov. 1, 2016
Kids Pick Up Adults' Election Opinions And Anxieties Laurel Morales Oct. 31, 2016

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