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
Report: Retrofitting NGS Would Boost Navajo Economy Laurel Morales June 11, 2019
Congress Considers 2 Bills That Would Ban Mining Near Grand Canyon, Chaco Laurel Morales June 5, 2019
3 Navajo Code Talkers Die In A Month Laurel Morales, Lauren Gilger June 4, 2019
Report: Tribes Need Help To Recover From NGS Shutdown Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Pastor Runs For President Of The U.S. Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Council Considers Hemp Pilot Project Laurel Morales May 31, 2019
Navajo Receive Federal Loan To Complete Solar Farm Laurel Morales May 30, 2019
Navajo To Open First Cancer Center In Indian Country Laurel Morales May 29, 2019
Flagstaff Disabled Service Providers At Risk Laurel Morales May 24, 2019
Utilities Across U.S. Help Navajo Get Power Laurel Morales May 24, 2019
Arizona Education Department Fixes Navajo Scholarship Confusion Laurel Morales May 22, 2019
Navajo May Acquire Copy Of 1868 Treaty Laurel Morales May 22, 2019
Committee Passes Navajo-Utah Water Settlement Laurel Morales May 16, 2019
Legislation Would Help Tribes Improve Roads Laurel Morales May 16, 2019
Navajos Renew Healing Practitioner Program Laurel Morales May 15, 2019
Chaco Region Wins Reprieve From Fracking Laurel Morales May 13, 2019
One Of Few Remaining Navajo Code Talkers Dies Laurel Morales May 13, 2019
Grand Canyon To Spray Herbicide On Invasive Plants Laurel Morales May 10, 2019
Study: Air Pollution Significant At 96 Percent Of National Parks Laurel Morales May 10, 2019
NPS OKs Grand Canyon Pipeline Project Laurel Morales May 8, 2019
Navajo Sign National Research Agreement Laurel Morales May 8, 2019
Utilities From All Over Install Electricity On Navajo Nation Laurel Morales April 23, 2019
$220 Million Available To Cleanup Navajo Uranium Mines Laurel Morales April 19, 2019
Legislation Would Provide Funds For Route 66 Towns Laurel Morales April 9, 2019
Navajo Energy Turns Toward Renewables Laurel Morales April 8, 2019