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
Hopi Welcome Tourists But Guard Their Secrets Laurel Morales Sep. 20, 2016
Arizona Tribes Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux Laurel Morales Sep. 15, 2016
NAU Professor's Research To Anticipate Future Crises Laurel Morales Sep. 6, 2016
EPA Will Pay Companies $85 Million To Help Navajo Clean Up Uranium Laurel Morales Sep. 2, 2016
It's Republican Paul Babeu And Democrat Tom O'Halleran In Monstrous CD-1 Race Laurel Morales Aug. 31, 2016
Arizona Secretary Of State Spent $750,000 On New Website, Promptly Glitches During Primary Laurel Morales Aug. 31, 2016
Candidates Must Go The Distance To Win Arizona's Behemoth First Congressional District Laurel Morales Aug. 26, 2016
ADEQ Will Hold Public Hearings On Mines Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales Aug. 25, 2016
Mesa Group Home Cares For Fragile Native American Children Laurel Morales Aug. 22, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Laura Fallon Laurel Morales Aug. 12, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Betsy Harter Laurel Morales Aug. 11, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Brad Dimock Laurel Morales Aug. 10, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Christa Sadler Laurel Morales Aug. 9, 2016
Arizona River Stories: David Edwards Laurel Morales Aug. 8, 2016
After 'Failure in Leadership,' New Grand Canyon Superintendent Part Of Culture Change Laurel Morales Jul. 28, 2016
National Park Service Takes Steps To Change Culture Of Harassment Laurel Morales Jul. 27, 2016
Navajo Leaders Outraged No Charges Filed In Officer Shooting Laurel Morales Jul. 25, 2016
How A Small Key Chain Button Can Protect Young Women From Assault Laurel Morales Jul. 21, 2016
As National Parks Turn 100, Worry Begins About Next 100 Laurel Morales Jul. 19, 2016
Legislation Would Stiffen Penalty For Export Of Sacred Native American Artifacts Laurel Morales Jul. 8, 2016
Navajo Girl's Death Prompts Amber Alert Taskforce Laurel Morales Jul. 8, 2016
Gangs Overwhelm Remote Navajo Nation Town Laurel Morales Jul. 7, 2016
After 8-Year Vacancy, Navajo Hire Police Chief Laurel Morales Jul. 6, 2016
Tribes Lack Access To USDA Grants, Despite Running 72,000 Farms Across US Laurel Morales Jun. 23, 2016
US Senate Committee Passes 3 Bills To Make Indian Country Safer Laurel Morales Jun. 23, 2016