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
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
Activists Demand Spanish Conquistador Images Removed Laurel Morales Oct. 10, 2019
National Park Service Approves Plan To Protect Native Fish Laurel Morales Oct. 9, 2019
Execution Of Navajo Man Put On Hold Laurel Morales Oct. 9, 2019
Navajo Company Buys 3 Coal Mines Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger Oct. 6, 2019
Finland To Repatriate Tribes' Ancestral Remains, Artifacts Laurel Morales Oct. 3, 2019
Environmentalists: Glen Canyon Dam Plan Ignores Climate Science Laurel Morales Oct. 2, 2019
Firewood Gathering Ban Lifted In Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2019
'Nonsoon' Brings Record Low Rainfall To Flagstaff Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2019
Environmentalists Concerned About Dam Proposals Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Sept. 30, 2019
More Data Needed To Bridge Digital Divide Laurel Morales Sept. 20, 2019
Diné College, UA To Train Future Neuroscientists Laurel Morales Sept. 19, 2019
Activists Use Virtual Reality To Show Impacts Of Uranium Mining Laurel Morales Sept. 18, 2019