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 President: China Trade Deal Would Benefit Tribes Laurel Morales Jan. 16, 2020
Navajo, SRP Take Steps To Make Solar A Priority Laurel Morales Jan. 15, 2020
Presidential Candidates Take Stage In Iowa And Las Vegas Laurel Morales Jan. 13, 2020
Team Attempts To Row Grand Canyon For The Record Laurel Morales Jan. 10, 2020
New App Connects Users To Native Businesses Laurel Morales Jan. 7, 2020
Navajo Request Federal Funding To Hire Coroners Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2020
4 Navajo Code Talkers Die In 2019, 5 Remain Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2020
Flagstaff Hungry Increase During Holidays Laurel Morales Dec. 23, 2019
Hopi Tribe Vets Coal Bed Methane Companies Laurel Morales Dec. 20, 2019
After Revenue Loss From Coal, Hopi Scramble To Fill Budget Gap Laurel Morales Jan. 3, 2020
Judge Pares Down Havasupai Student Lawsuit Laurel Morales Dec. 20, 2019
Bill Would Ban New Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales Dec. 19, 2019
UA, Navajo Nation Create Navajo Law Fellowship Laurel Morales Dec. 4, 2019
'Baby Shark' Creators Developing Navajo Version Laurel Morales Dec. 3, 2019
EPA Fines Hopi Over Arsenic In Drinking Water Laurel Morales Dec. 2, 2019
Park Service Proposes Cell Tower Plan At Grand Canyon Laurel Morales, Steve Goldstein Dec. 2, 2019
Mark Of The Conquistador: Debate Swirls Around A Violent Legacy Rodrigo Cervantes, Laurel Morales Nov. 25, 2019
Flagstaff Expands Emergency Shelter Laurel Morales Nov. 25, 2019
Report: Native Americans Have Most Trouble Accessing Water Laurel Morales Nov. 18, 2019
A Comic Book Lifted Spirits During WWII, And Decades Later Laurel Morales Nov. 9, 2019
House Passes Bill To Protect Chaco Canyon Laurel Morales Oct. 31, 2019
Indigenous Initiative Seeks To Reduce Maternal Mortality Rate Laurel Morales Oct. 30, 2019
Navajo Commission To Assess School Abuse Laurel Morales Oct. 23, 2019
Forest Service Seeks Public Input On Another 4FRI Initiative Laurel Morales Oct. 21, 2019
Hopi Ranger Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Woman He Arrested Laurel Morales Oct. 17, 2019