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
Navajo Metal Band Produces Album With Metallica Producer Laurel Morales May. 19, 2017
Public Given Shortened Comment Period On Bears Ears Laurel Morales May. 18, 2017
Navajo President Calls For Its Housing Leaders To Step Down Laurel Morales May. 3, 2017
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints Laurel Morales May. 3, 2017
President To Order Review Of National Monuments Laurel Morales Apr. 25, 2017
Poorest Flagstaff School Is Top In Chess Laurel Morales Apr. 20, 2017
Katherine Smith, Iconic Navajo Land Defender And Matriarch, Dies Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2017
Navajo Icon Dies Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2017
Wet Weather Increases Fire Fuels In Southern Arizona, New Mexico Laurel Morales Mar. 30, 2017
Zinke: 'The War On Coal Is Over' Laurel Morales Mar. 29, 2017
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