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
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
Changing Woman, Part 2: The Historian Laurel Morales Sep. 7, 2018
Changing Woman, Part 1: Kinaaldá Laurel Morales Sep. 6, 2018
Meteorologists Expect Relief From Drought Conditions For AZ Laurel Morales Jul. 27, 2018
Grassroots Group Works To Save Navajo Horses Laurel Morales Jun. 29, 2018
Park Service Restricts Water On North Rim Of Grand Canyon Laurel Morales Jun. 18, 2018
Tribal, Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Coal Permit Laurel Morales Jun. 18, 2018
Ex-Wife Calls Killer Her 'Personal Terrorist' Laurel Morales Jun. 12, 2018
Goldwater Institute Questions ICWA's Constitutionality In 9th Circuit Laurel Morales Jun. 12, 2018
Arizona Highways Reopen, 377 Fire 70 Percent Contained Laurel Morales Jun. 8, 2018
Environmentalists Want To Keep Mining Ban In Place Laurel Morales Jun. 6, 2018
19 Candidates Vie For President Of Navajo Nation Lauren Gilger, Laurel Morales Jun. 6, 2018
Brush Fire Closes 2 Northern Arizona Highways Laurel Morales Jun. 5, 2018
Feds Seize Thousands Of Fentanyl Pills In Indian Country Laurel Morales May. 31, 2018
2 Bears In Arizona Euthanized In A Week Laurel Morales May. 31, 2018
Human-Caused Fire Burns Despite Forest Closures, Restrictions Laurel Morales May. 29, 2018
2,500 Native Women Murdered Or Missing Laurel Morales May. 28, 2018
Coconino County To Levy Flood Control Tax Laurel Morales May. 15, 2018
New Bill Would Keep Navajo Coal Plant Open Laurel Morales May. 11, 2018
Hopi Tribal Council Ousts School Board Laurel Morales May. 11, 2018
More Water and Electrical Lines Coming To Navajo Laurel Morales May. 8, 2018
Wall Would Affect Endangered Species Laurel Morales May. 8, 2018

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