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
NTSB: Helicopter Spun Before Crashing Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2018
Flagstaff Program Keeps Homeless Housed Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2018
Park Service Wants To Make Desert View Watchtower A Cultural Heritage Site Laurel Morales Feb. 19, 2018
Untold Arizona: El Tiradito Is No Ordinary Shrine Laurel Morales Feb. 9, 2018
Navajo Amber Alert System Goes Live Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2018
Mom Says She’s Fostered 10,000 Navajo Children Laurel Morales Jan. 30, 2018
No Entry Fee, Fewer Emergency Crews At Grand Canyon During Shutdown Laurel Morales Jan. 22, 2018
Flagstaff Passes Resolution Against Border Wall Builders Laurel Morales Jan. 17, 2018
Flagstaff Votes On Whether To Boycott Wall Builders Laurel Morales Jan. 16, 2018
President Trump: Give Private Broadband Companies Access To Public Lands Laurel Morales Jan. 9, 2018
Mining Company Swaps Land To Save Apache Leap, Not Oak Flat Laurel Morales Jan. 5, 2018
Amtrak Discontinues Stop In Williams, Arizona Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2018
Police: Arizona Family Most Likely Died Of CO Poisoning Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2018
Native Americans Are Some Of The Most Vulnerable To Sex Trafficking Laurel Morales Dec. 7, 2017
Coconino Search And Rescue On Track To Break Record Laurel Morales Dec. 4, 2017
AZ DUI Arrests Down Thanks To Uber, Lyft Laurel Morales Dec. 4, 2017
Trump To Shrink Utah Monuments By Two-Thirds Laurel Morales Dec. 1, 2017
Gallup, New Mexico — 'Drunk Town, USA' — Works To Change Its Image Laurel Morales Nov. 30, 2017
A Poisoned People: For Navajo, Uranium Contamination Is Environmental Racism Laurel Morales Nov. 20, 2017
Winter Is Coming: Unpacking Flagstaff's Love-Hate Relationship With Phoenix Laurel Morales Nov. 15, 2017
Flagstaff Passes Resolution Against Uranium Hauling Laurel Morales Nov. 9, 2017
'Grand Dame Of The West' Katie Lee Dies At 98 Laurel Morales Nov. 1, 2017
Navajo Council Rejects Grand Canyon Tram Proposal Laurel Morales Nov. 1, 2017
Trump To Shrink Bears Ears Laurel Morales Oct. 27, 2017
National Park Service Wants To Hike Entrance Fees Laurel Morales Oct. 25, 2017