Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales (Flagstaff) believes everyone has an amazing story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions.

Morales seeks new angles and compelling unheard voices like the ex-gang member working to graduate from high school, or the honor guard who stayed with the bodies of the 19 firefighters who died last summer, or the art dealer who after visiting the Hopi decided to return sacred artifacts to the tribe.

Morales came to northern Arizona in 2003 from rural Minnesota, where she worked as a reporter after receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She left Minnesota Public Radio after her contact lenses froze to her eyeballs on a short walk from her apartment to the station. While Flagstaff still has snow, the winters are short and bearable.

And there’s never a shortage of stories in northern Arizona. She’s covered environmental issues at the Grand Canyon, the impact of war, wildfires and everything in between. Living next to the largest tribe and reservation in the country, many of her stories are about American Indian issues. And many of those stories are picked up by national programs.

She has won several Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards and a national PRNDI for the only commentary she's ever written. It was about changing her name from Druley to Morales when she got married.

Follow her on Twitter: @laurelgwyn.

Title Author Publication Date
Many Mayer Homes Uninhabitable After Flash Flood Laurel Morales July 27, 2017
Navajo Nation Wants To Buy Sacred Mountains In Colorado Laurel Morales July 24, 2017
Arizona Health Care Providers Worried About Reform Laurel Morales July 24, 2017
No Vacancy At Grand Canyon Cemetery Laurel Morales July 17, 2017
Grand Canyon Comes Up With River Plan After Harassment Report Laurel Morales July 14, 2017
6 Homes Destroyed By Fire In Kingman Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Some Goodwin Fire Evacuees In A Holding Pattern Laurel Morales July 03, 2017
Drone Operator Suspect Arrested Laurel Morales July 01, 2017
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales June 30, 2017
Navajo Generating Station To Operate Until 2019 Laurel Morales June 27, 2017
Fry Bread Nation: A Deadly Legacy June 26, 2017
Fry Bread Nation Laurel Morales June 26, 2017
Navajo Nation To Negotiate Power Plant Lease Laurel Morales June 24, 2017
Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks Laurel Morales June 21, 2017
Coconino Finds 34 Abandoned Campfires In One Weekend Laurel Morales June 21, 2017
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Million In Bonuses Laurel Morales June 20, 2017
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales June 19, 2017
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales June 16, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales June 12, 2017
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales June 09, 2017
Arizona Fire Restrictions Issued In Time For Holiday Weekend Laurel Morales May 29, 2017
Navajo Chapter Manager Accused Of Stealing $1 Million Laurel Morales May 26, 2017
Navajo Metal Band Produces Album With Metallica Producer Laurel Morales May 19, 2017
Public Given Shortened Comment Period On Bears Ears Laurel Morales May 18, 2017
Navajo President Calls For Its Housing Leaders To Step Down Laurel Morales May 03, 2017

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