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
National Park Service Takes Steps To Change Culture Of Harassment Laurel Morales Jul. 27, 2016
Navajo Leaders Outraged No Charges Filed In Officer Shooting Laurel Morales Jul. 25, 2016
How A Small Key Chain Button Can Protect Young Women From Assault Laurel Morales Jul. 21, 2016
As National Parks Turn 100, Worry Begins About Next 100 Laurel Morales Jul. 19, 2016
Legislation Would Stiffen Penalty For Export Of Sacred Native American Artifacts Laurel Morales Jul. 8, 2016
Navajo Girl's Death Prompts Amber Alert Taskforce Laurel Morales Jul. 8, 2016
Gangs Overwhelm Remote Navajo Nation Town Laurel Morales Jul. 7, 2016
After 8-Year Vacancy, Navajo Hire Police Chief Laurel Morales Jul. 6, 2016
Tribes Lack Access To USDA Grants, Despite Running 72,000 Farms Across US Laurel Morales Jun. 23, 2016
US Senate Committee Passes 3 Bills To Make Indian Country Safer Laurel Morales Jun. 23, 2016
NAU, TGen Develop Faster MRSA Test Laurel Morales Jun. 15, 2016
Navajo Leaders Want To Meet With Trump, Clinton Ahead Of Election Laurel Morales Jun. 14, 2016
The Costs Behind A Migrant Crisis: Unaccompanied Minors In The Hands Of Traffickers Laurel Morales Jun. 10, 2016
Lessons Learned 10 Years After Northern Arizona's Warm Fire Laurel Morales, Mark Brodie Jun. 7, 2016
Arizona Warm Fire 10 Years Later: A Cautionary Tale Laurel Morales Jun. 7, 2016
US Army Returns Children's Remains From First Indian Boarding School To Tribes Laurel Morales May. 31, 2016
French To Sell Hundreds Of Native American Sacred Items Laurel Morales May. 27, 2016
Gangs Take Over Navajo Town Laurel Morales May. 25, 2016
Grand Canyon Superintendent Retires In Wake Of OIG's Sexual Misconduct Report Laurel Morales May. 17, 2016
Navajo President Calls For More Native Officers In Border Towns Laurel Morales May. 16, 2016
Details In Kidnapping, Murder Of Navajo Girl Emerge Laurel Morales May. 4, 2016
FBI: Suspect Arrested In Kidnap, Murder Of Navajo Girl In New Mexico Laurel Morales May. 3, 2016
Navajo Nation Approves $150 Million Bill To Fund Water, Agricultural Projects Laurel Morales Apr. 28, 2016
Federal Government Points Fingers Over Lack Of Internet Access On Tribal Lands Laurel Morales Apr. 28, 2016
EPA: Colorado Mines Leak Millions Of Gallons Of Mine Waste Daily Laurel Morales Apr. 22, 2016