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
St. Mary's Distributes 90,000 Pounds Of Food To Navajos Laurel Morales April 14, 2020
Harvard: COVID-19 Poses 'Immediate Threat' To Indian Country Economy Laurel Morales April 14, 2020
Navajo Nation To Receive Rapid Coronavirus Test Kits Laurel Morales April 13, 2020
Havasupai Ill Equipped To Handle COVID-19, Close Canyon Laurel Morales April 9, 2020
Navajo President, Vice President Quarantine After Contact With COVID-19 Laurel Morales April 9, 2020
Page Man Accused Of Urging Violence Against Navajos Laurel Morales April 8, 2020
Groups Provide Relief To Indian Country As Coronavirus Cases Climb Laurel Morales April 8, 2020
Navajo Officials Order Weekend Curfew Laurel Morales April 6, 2020
Lacking Electricity, Navajo COVID-19 Cases Surge Laurel Morales April 3, 2020
Federal Government Closes Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales April 1, 2020
Navajo President Extends Casino, School Closures Laurel Morales March 31, 2020
How Arizona Is Coping With Coronavirus: Navajo Nation, Pinetop-Lakeside Katherine Davis-Young, Laurel Morales March 31, 2020
Coconino County Officials Call For Grand Canyon Closure Laurel Morales March 26, 2020
Coronavirus Relief Package Provides $8 Billion For Tribes Laurel Morales, Mark Brodie March 26, 2020
Navajo Access To Water Compounds Response To Coronavirus Laurel Morales March 25, 2020
Conservationists: Oil Drilling Plan Doesn't Do Enough To Protect Chaco Laurel Morales March 2, 2020
On 101st Anniversary Of Grand Canyon Park, Tribes Remind Visitors Of Their Ties Laurel Morales Feb. 25, 2020
LA Takes Steps Toward Navajo Clean Energy Partnership Laurel Morales Feb. 19, 2020
Navajo Nation Wants To Provide Power To LA Laurel Morales Feb. 18, 2020
How Page Is Changing In Wake Of Navajo Generating Station's Closure Laurel Morales Feb. 25, 2020
Navajo Casino Hosts Job Fair Laurel Morales Feb. 6, 2020
Flagstaff, Tucson Get Funds To Combat Human Trafficking Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2020
Untold Arizona: The Legend Of La Llorona Laurel Morales Feb. 20, 2020
Navajo Code Talker Dies Joe Vandever Dies At 96 Laurel Morales Jan. 31, 2020
Rez Rizing App Connects Native Businesses To Users Laurel Morales Jan. 28, 2020