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
Should Reclaimed Water Be Used On A "Church"? Laurel Morales Sep. 15, 2011
Retirement Redefined: Useful Links & Numbers Michel Marizco, Laurel Morales Sep. 6, 2011
Eradicating Tamarisk Trees May Endanger A Bird Species Laurel Morales Sep. 5, 2011
Fatal Crashes Three Times Higher On Rural Roads Laurel Morales Sep. 2, 2011
ASU Study: No Water Supply Crisis In Arizona, Yet Laurel Morales Aug. 25, 2011
Feds To Clean Up Pollution At Native American Schools Laurel Morales Aug. 24, 2011
Retirement Redefined: Hard Economic Times Lead To Unexpected Lifestyles Laurel Morales Aug. 21, 2011
Chevron Agrees To Uranium Clean Up On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Aug. 2, 2011
The Private Versus Public Prisons Debate: Are The Cost Savings Real? Laurel Morales Jul. 29, 2011
Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Harm Latinos Laurel Morales Jul. 19, 2011
Seeing The Grand Canyon Through The Other Senses Laurel Morales Jul. 14, 2011
Study: National Parks In Jeopardy Without Major Infusion Of Funds Laurel Morales Jul. 1, 2011
Water Usage Drops Despite Higher Population In Western U.S. & Mexico Laurel Morales Jun. 29, 2011
Navajo Nation Hopes To Boost Water Supplies With Settlement Laurel Morales Jun. 23, 2011
Feds Act To Stop Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jun. 21, 2011
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