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
Federal Government To Pay Native American Tribes $940 Million Laurel Morales February 24, 2016
Native Americans Take To Social Media To Support Team Over Navajo Hairstyle Controversy Laurel Morales February 11, 2016
Referee's Call On Navajo Hair Bun Prompts Outcry Laurel Morales February 05, 2016
Ranchers Worried About Grand Canyon Monument Proposals Laurel Morales February 03, 2016
Old Route 66 Motel Provides Homeless An Avenue From Shelter To Home Laurel Morales, Mark Neumann January 25, 2016
Federal Report Finds Evidence Of Grand Canyon Employee Harassment, Hostility Laurel Morales January 14, 2016
Non-Native Prosecuted As Part Of Epidemic Violence Against Native Women Laurel Morales January 13, 2016
500 Native American Veterans' Homes Get Nearly $6 Million In Grants Laurel Morales January 12, 2016
Flagstaff Storms Boost Water Supply Laurel Morales January 06, 2016
NWS: Northern Arizona Could See Foot Of Snow By Friday Laurel Morales January 06, 2016
National Weather Service Calls For Winter Weather Advisory In Northern Arizona Laurel Morales January 05, 2016
One Group Offers Solution To Flagstaff's Housing Crisis Laurel Morales January 05, 2016
Native American Entrepreneurs Face Unexpected Challenges Laurel Morales January 04, 2016
Navajo Challenged To Prevent Suicides Laurel Morales December 16, 2015
Feds Try To Stop Sale Of Southwest Tribal Sacred Items In Paris Laurel Morales December 04, 2015
Officials Disagree Over Proposed Bison Hunt At Grand Canyon Laurel Morales November 20, 2015
Run To Pray, Run To Win: Hopi High Cross County Team Has Longest Winning Streak In US Laurel Morales November 20, 2015
Alzheimer's Rarely Diagnosed Or Recognized In Indian Country Laurel Morales November 09, 2015
Bill Would Reform 1872 Mining Law, Hold Companies Responsible For Mine Cleanups Laurel Morales November 06, 2015
Navajo Supreme Court Chief Justice Must Now Have Law Degree Laurel Morales November 05, 2015
Navajo President Begaye A Watchdog For His People Laurel Morales October 29, 2015
Unique Bed And Breakfast Offers Navajo Experience Laurel Morales October 22, 2015
Grand Canyon Monument Would Make Uranium Ban Permanent Laurel Morales October 13, 2015
Dad Of NAU Student Killed In Shooting Speaks Out Against Gun Violence Laurel Morales October 12, 2015
Prosecutor: Fatal Northern Arizona University Shooting Wasn't Self-Defense Laurel Morales October 09, 2015