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
Navajo Nation Stymied By Coronavirus Aid Restrictions Laurel Morales June 4, 2020
Navajo Nation Lifts Weekend Curfew Laurel Morales June 3, 2020
Navajo Gaming Prepares To Reopen Casinos Laurel Morales June 1, 2020
Navajos Lose Their Wisdom Keepers Laurel Morales May 27, 2020
Navajo Nation Attempts To Flatten Curve With Stricter Curfew Laurel Morales May 18, 2020
Despite Being No. 1, Navajo Curve Is Flattening Laurel Morales, Mark Brodie May 14, 2020
Navajo Leaders Prioritize How To Spend Fed Relief Dollars Laurel Morales May 14, 2020
Grand Canyon National Park Reopens To Visitors Laurel Morales, Scott Bourque May 13, 2020
U.S. Treasury Needs More Time To Disperse Funds To Tribes Laurel Morales May 13, 2020
Ireland Pays It Forward To Navajos After An Act Of Kindness By Choctaws In 1830s Laurel Morales May 13, 2020
Navajo Nation No. 1 In U.S. Coronavirus Infection Rate Laurel Morales May 12, 2020
Navajo Nation Now Second In Coronavirus Infection Rate Laurel Morales May 11, 2020
Navajo Nation Receives $600M; Leaders Say More Is Needed Laurel Morales May 8, 2020
Navajo Nation GoFundMe Gets International Donations Laurel Morales May 5, 2020
Volunteers Come From Near And Far To Help The Navajo Laurel Morales May 4, 2020
Q&AZ: Are Tribes Still Waiting For Federal Relief Funds? Laurel Morales May 4, 2020
Navajo Leaders: A Surge Of Cases In N.M. Town Highlights Problems Laurel Morales May 4, 2020
Domestic Violence Calls Rise On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 30, 2020
White House Re-Establishes Native American Council Laurel Morales April 28, 2020
Judge Rules In Favor Of Tribes Over Coronavirus Relief Funds Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger April 28, 2020
U.S. Energy Department Recommends Mining Access On Fed Lands Laurel Morales April 24, 2020
Coconino County Busy With Rescues As More People Head To The Woods Laurel Morales April 24, 2020
Pandemic Exposes Health Care Inequities In Indian Country Laurel Morales April 24, 2020
Navajo Nation Sues For Fair Share Of Federal Coronavirus Aid Funds Holliday Moore, Laurel Morales April 23, 2020
Nonprofit Steps In To Help Families With Immunocompromised Kids Laurel Morales April 22, 2020