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
Trauma Of Assimilation Still Felt By Navajo Students Today Laurel Morales Apr. 17, 2018
Inmate Sues Coconino Jail Over ICE Detainer Policy Laurel Morales Apr. 16, 2018
Navajo Nation Sues Opioid Makers, Distributors Laurel Morales Apr. 12, 2018
Third Eagle Shot In Two Weeks On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales Apr. 9, 2018
Feds Must Provide Mental Health Service For Native Kids Laurel Morales Apr. 3, 2018
Navajo Sues Department Of Justice Over Officer-Involved Shooting Death Laurel Morales Mar. 29, 2018
Congress Passes Bill To Bring AMBER Alerts To Indian Country Laurel Morales Mar. 23, 2018
Grand Canyon Fish No Longer On Brink Of Extinction Laurel Morales Mar. 22, 2018
Spending Bill Includes $20 Billion For Firefighting Laurel Morales Mar. 22, 2018
Congress Considers VAWA Reauthorization Laurel Morales Mar. 20, 2018
Navajo Spellers Compete To Go To National Bee Laurel Morales Mar. 15, 2018
Tribal, State, Local Leaders Discuss Hopi Land Settlement Laurel Morales Mar. 13, 2018
Mining Companies Appeal Ban To Supreme Court Laurel Morales Mar. 10, 2018
Northern Arizona Leaders To Discuss Hopi Land Swap Laurel Morales Mar. 8, 2018
Bill To Fix National Parks Would Use Energy Revenue Laurel Morales Mar. 7, 2018
Papillon Changes Tanks After Crash Laurel Morales Feb. 28, 2018
Navajo President Cancels Wild Horse Hunt Laurel Morales Feb. 28, 2018
House Passes Indian Country AMBER Alert Bill Laurel Morales Feb. 28, 2018
Fifth Person Dies In Helicopter Crash Laurel Morales Feb. 28, 2018
Navajos Settle Voting Rights Lawsuit Laurel Morales Feb. 22, 2018
NTSB: Helicopter Spun Before Crashing Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2018
Flagstaff Program Keeps Homeless Housed Laurel Morales Feb. 21, 2018
Park Service Wants To Make Desert View Watchtower A Cultural Heritage Site Laurel Morales Feb. 19, 2018
Untold Arizona: El Tiradito Is No Ordinary Shrine Laurel Morales Feb. 9, 2018
Navajo Amber Alert System Goes Live Laurel Morales Feb. 5, 2018

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