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
Kids Pick Up Adults' Election Opinions And Anxieties Laurel Morales Oct. 31, 2016
In Arizona CD1, Voters Look Past Candidates' Flaws To District Issues Laurel Morales Oct. 27, 2016
SRP Tests Biomass At Coal-Fired Power Plant Laurel Morales Oct. 26, 2016
Oil Companies Want To Drill Next To Chaco Canyon Laurel Morales Oct. 20, 2016
Sanders Stumps For Clinton In Flagstaff Laurel Morales Oct. 18, 2016
Navajo Request For More Polling Sites Denied Laurel Morales Oct. 17, 2016
Arizona's 1st Congressional District: 'Rural, But Very Diverse' Steve Goldstein, Laurel Morales Oct. 13, 2016
Some Environmentalists Say Glen Canyon Dam Plan Doesn't Do Enough For Endangered Species Laurel Morales Oct. 7, 2016
Young Navajo Voters Want To See More From Clinton Laurel Morales Oct. 5, 2016
House, Senate Pass Resolution To Stop Artifact Trafficking Laurel Morales Sep. 29, 2016
More National Park Service Employees File Harassment Complaints Laurel Morales Sep. 22, 2016
Hopi Welcome Tourists But Guard Their Secrets Laurel Morales Sep. 20, 2016
Arizona Tribes Stand In Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux Laurel Morales Sep. 15, 2016
NAU Professor's Research To Anticipate Future Crises Laurel Morales Sep. 6, 2016
EPA Will Pay Companies $85 Million To Help Navajo Clean Up Uranium Laurel Morales Sep. 2, 2016
It's Republican Paul Babeu And Democrat Tom O'Halleran In Monstrous CD-1 Race Laurel Morales Aug. 31, 2016
Arizona Secretary Of State Spent $750,000 On New Website, Promptly Glitches During Primary Laurel Morales Aug. 31, 2016
Candidates Must Go The Distance To Win Arizona's Behemoth First Congressional District Laurel Morales Aug. 26, 2016
ADEQ Will Hold Public Hearings On Mines Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales Aug. 25, 2016
Mesa Group Home Cares For Fragile Native American Children Laurel Morales Aug. 22, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Laura Fallon Laurel Morales Aug. 12, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Betsy Harter Laurel Morales Aug. 11, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Brad Dimock Laurel Morales Aug. 10, 2016
Arizona River Stories: Christa Sadler Laurel Morales Aug. 9, 2016
Arizona River Stories: David Edwards Laurel Morales Aug. 8, 2016