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
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Arizona's Goodwin Fire Considered Top U.S. Priority Laurel Morales, Stina Sieg June 29, 2017
Navajo Generating Station To Operate Until 2019 Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Fry Bread Nation Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Nation To Negotiate Power Plant Lease Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Coconino Finds 34 Abandoned Campfires In One Weekend Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Million In Bonuses Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Arizona Fire Restrictions Issued In Time For Holiday Weekend Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Chapter Manager Accused Of Stealing $1 Million Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Metal Band Produces Album With Metallica Producer Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Public Given Shortened Comment Period On Bears Ears Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo President Calls For Its Housing Leaders To Step Down Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
President To Order Review Of National Monuments Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Top In Chess Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Icon Dies Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Wet Weather Increases Fire Fuels In Southern Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Zinke: 'The War On Coal Is Over' Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Leaders Work To Keep Coal Alive Laurel Morales March 26, 2018

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