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 Nation Split On Grand Canyon Flight Restrictions Laurel Morales Oct. 25, 2011
Urban Outfitters Removes "Navajo" From Site Laurel Morales Oct. 20, 2011
Native American Activist Who Sued Feds Dies Laurel Morales Oct. 18, 2011
Navajo Nation: Urban Outfitters Must Change Clothing Line Laurel Morales Oct. 14, 2011
Republicans: End Ban On New Uranium Mining Claims Laurel Morales Oct. 12, 2011
Coal Remains King On Navajo Nation...For Now Laurel Morales Oct. 10, 2011
Navajo & Hopi Tribes Reconcile To Send A Voice To Washington Laurel Morales Oct. 5, 2011
Large Uranium Mine On Navajo Nation To Be Cleaned Laurel Morales Sep. 30, 2011
California And Feds Disagree About E-Verify Laurel Morales Sep. 23, 2011
Navajo Nation Seeks UN’s Help To Stop Snowmaking Laurel Morales Sep. 21, 2011
Federal Grants Fight Crime in Indian Country Laurel Morales Sep. 15, 2011
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