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
Congress May Help Tribes Solve Missing People Cases Laurel Morales Dec. 13, 2018
75 Years Later, Japanese-American Internment Camp Remembered Laurel Morales Dec. 5, 2018
Dewey-Humboldt Condemns Coyote-Killing Contest Laurel Morales Nov. 26, 2018
Feds Aren't Taking Up More Indian Country Cases Laurel Morales Nov. 26, 2018
U.S. Forest Service Under Fire For Cutting Old Trees Laurel Morales Nov. 20, 2018
Navajo Voters Get Another Chance To Cast Ballots Laurel Morales Nov. 16, 2018
Arizona Election Results: Congressional Districts Claire Caulfield, Heather van Blokland, Laurel Morales, Tom Maxedon, Michel Marizco, Stina Sieg Nov. 6, 2018
Native Americans Face Challenges When Voting Lauren Gilger, Laurel Morales Nov. 5, 2018
Native Americans Ask Store To Remove Costumes Laurel Morales Oct. 31, 2018
9th Circuit Changes Mind On Grand Canyon Mine Claim Laurel Morales Oct. 27, 2018
Grand Canyon Superintendent Under Investigation Laurel Morales Oct. 23, 2018
Potential Closure Brings Change For Navajo Laurel Morales Oct. 22, 2018
How Does Texas ICWA Decision Impact AZ Adoptions? Laurel Morales Oct. 11, 2018
Texas Court Strikes Down ICWA Adoption Law Laurel Morales Oct. 11, 2018
GAO: Tribes Digital Divide Larger Than FCC Estimated Laurel Morales Oct. 8, 2018
More Auctions Of Sacred Tribal Items Planned Laurel Morales Oct. 8, 2018
Flagstaff Grapples With Growing Pains Laurel Morales Oct. 5, 2018
U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Grand Canyon Mining Case Laurel Morales Oct. 1, 2018
Spending Package Extends VAWA Laurel Morales Sep. 26, 2018
Bill Would Address National Park Repair Backlog Laurel Morales Sep. 21, 2018
Companies Back Out Of NGS Purchase Laurel Morales Sep. 20, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 6: The Rockers Laurel Morales Sep. 13, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 5: The Healer Laurel Morales Sep. 12, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 4: The Mother Laurel Morales Sep. 11, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 3: The Leader Laurel Morales Sep. 10, 2018