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
Strange Bed Fellows Save Forests Laurel Morales Jun. 13, 2011
Colorado River Runners Anticipate Big Water Laurel Morales Jun. 1, 2011
Ex-Convict Reentry Programs Face Cuts Laurel Morales Feb. 8, 2011
Continuing Coverage: EPA Releases Mine Waste Into Animas River Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2011
Teen Pregnancy Rates Still High In Southwest Laurel Morales Jan. 29, 2011
Trilingual School Solves Problems Laurel Morales Jan. 24, 2011
Forest Won’t Be The Same After Wildfire Laurel Morales Jan. 13, 2011