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 Leaders Work To Keep Coal Alive Laurel Morales Mar. 29, 2017
US Forest Service Prepares For Fire Season Laurel Morales Mar. 27, 2017
Flagstaff Council Amends Minimum-Wage Law Laurel Morales Mar. 22, 2017
Uranium Mine Near Grand Canyon Deals With Excess Water Laurel Morales Mar. 20, 2017
Navajo Special-Education School To Get Clean Water Laurel Morales Mar. 16, 2017
Southwest Groups Ask New Interior Secretary To Protect Bears Ears Laurel Morales Mar. 8, 2017
Navajo Leaders: Tribal Members Should Be Exempt From AHCCCS Rule Laurel Morales Mar. 4, 2017
Minimum Wage Increase Divides Flagstaff Laurel Morales Mar. 2, 2017
Study: Climate Change To Have Big Impact On Colorado River Flow Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2017
Navajo Generating Station Shutdown Devastates Navajos Laurel Morales Feb. 16, 2017
Hear the Complete Podcast: Earth+Bone Laurel Morales Feb. 15, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 7: Navajo Torn Over Grand Canyon Tourist Attraction Laurel Morales Feb. 14, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 6: San Carlos Apache Divided Over Copper Mine Laurel Morales Feb. 13, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 5: Navajo Demand Human Remains Be Returned To Sacred Canyon De Chelly Laurel Morales Feb. 10, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 4: Havasupai Stand Up To Mining Company Laurel Morales Feb. 9, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 3: Utah GOPs Try To 'Trump' The Bears Ears Monument Laurel Morales Feb. 8, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 2: Wall Plan Desecrates Tohono O'odham Sacred Land Laurel Morales Feb. 7, 2017
Earth+Bone, Part 1: Standing Rock Sioux Fight Trump And Oil Pipeline Laurel Morales Feb. 6, 2017
Weather Service: Flagstaff To Get 3 Feet Of Snow Overnight Laurel Morales Jan. 23, 2017
Lawsuit Says BIE Misses The Mark With Native Students Laurel Morales Jan. 13, 2017
President Rejects Grand Canyon Monument Proposal Laurel Morales Jan. 6, 2017
Interior Dept. Calls For More Collaboration To Protect Communities From Wildfires Laurel Morales Jan. 3, 2017
Game And Fish Proposes New Boating Rules, Checkpoints Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017
Are Monument Designations Permanent? Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017
Navajo Library Wants To Preserve Oral History And Save Culture Laurel Morales Jan. 2, 2017

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