Laurel Morales

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
Military Turns To Schools To Learn More About Climate Change Laurel Morales Mar. 6, 2012
Automatic Vehicle Repo Devices May Be Illegal On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Mar. 1, 2012
Radio Essential To Tribes Laurel Morales Feb. 23, 2012
Coal Industry Under Scrutiny On Tribal Land Laurel Morales Feb. 23, 2012
Obama Boosts Bio-Industry With Mandate To Buy Green Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2012
Flagstaff 911 Dispatcher Saves a Life Laurel Morales Feb. 10, 2012
Navajo Struggle With Stigma Of AIDS Laurel Morales Feb. 2, 2012
Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders Laurel Morales Jan. 27, 2012
Navajo Coal Fired Plant Studies Environmental Options Laurel Morales Jan. 20, 2012
Feds Ban New Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jan. 10, 2012
Navajo Code Talker Working To Memorialize Group Dies Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2012
Interior Secretary To Finalize Uranium Ban Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2012
State Parks Reeling From Budget Cuts Laurel Morales Jan. 5, 2012
Lost Boy of Sudan Achieves American Dreams Laurel Morales Dec. 19, 2011
Grand Canyon & Other Parks Can Ban Plastic Bottles Laurel Morales Dec. 15, 2011
EPA To Set Strict Pollution Standards For Power Plants Laurel Morales Dec. 14, 2011
Boaters Rejoice Dredging Of Channel To Lake Havasu Laurel Morales Dec. 5, 2011
Blocking Of Plastic Bottle Ban Spurs Protests Laurel Morales Dec. 5, 2011
Feds Ease Leasing Rules On Tribal Lands Laurel Morales Dec. 5, 2011
Park Service: Uranium Mining Hurts Tourism Laurel Morales Nov. 25, 2011
A Navajo Thanksgiving Laurel Morales Nov. 24, 2011
Mexico & U.S. Work On Colorado River Agreement Laurel Morales Nov. 14, 2011
The Last Of The Navajo Code Talkers Laurel Morales Nov. 11, 2011
After Closure Threat, Navajo Nation Head Start Continues Laurel Morales Nov. 8, 2011
Navajo Nation Issues First Bonds Laurel Morales Nov. 2, 2011

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