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
Navajo Lawmakers Approve Plan To Purchase Colorado Ranch Laurel Morales Jul. 28, 2017
Many Mayer Homes Uninhabitable After Flash Flood Laurel Morales Jul. 27, 2017
Navajo Nation Wants To Buy Sacred Mountains In Colorado Laurel Morales Jul. 24, 2017
Arizona Health Care Providers Worried About Reform Laurel Morales Jul. 24, 2017
No Vacancy At Grand Canyon Cemetery Laurel Morales Jul. 17, 2017
Grand Canyon Comes Up With River Plan After Harassment Report Laurel Morales Jul. 14, 2017
6 Homes Destroyed By Fire In Kingman Laurel Morales Jul. 3, 2017
Goodwin Fire: Hundreds Of Animals Evacuated Laurel Morales Jul. 3, 2017
Some Goodwin Fire Evacuees In A Holding Pattern Laurel Morales Jul. 3, 2017
Some Goodwin Fire Evacuees In A Holding Pattern Laurel Morales Jul. 3, 2017
Drone Operator Suspect Arrested Laurel Morales Jul. 1, 2017
Goodwin Fire Now 43 Percent Contained Laurel Morales Jun. 30, 2017
19 Firefighters Remembered 4 Years Later Laurel Morales Jun. 30, 2017
Arizona's Goodwin Fire Considered Top U.S. Priority Laurel Morales, Stina Sieg Jun. 29, 2017
Navajo Generating Station To Operate Until 2019 Laurel Morales Jun. 27, 2017
Fry Bread Nation Laurel Morales Jun. 26, 2017
Navajo Nation To Negotiate Power Plant Lease Laurel Morales Jun. 24, 2017
Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks Laurel Morales Jun. 21, 2017
Coconino Finds 34 Abandoned Campfires In One Weekend Laurel Morales Jun. 21, 2017
Navajo Nation Gives $5.8 Million In Bonuses Laurel Morales Jun. 20, 2017
Firefighters To Drone Operators: 'If You Fly, We Can't' Laurel Morales Jun. 19, 2017
Fire Managers Evacuate Residents Near Payson Laurel Morales Jun. 16, 2017
Interior Secretary Zinke Proposes Shrinking Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales Jun. 12, 2017
Fire Closes Highway To The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jun. 9, 2017
Arizona Fire Restrictions Issued In Time For Holiday Weekend Laurel Morales May. 29, 2017

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