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
One Year Later, How Yarnell Is Recovering Laurel Morales June 27, 2014
Yarnell Tragedy Spurs Forest Service To Improve Fire Shelters Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Slide Fire Out, But Worst Isn't Over Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Dam High Flows About More Than Fish Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Close Calls: Hikers Survive Grand Canyon Rock Slide Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Gateway To Grand Canyon Restricts Water Use Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Prepared Lodge Owner Saved Historic Property From Slide Fire Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Prepared Lodge Owner Saved Historic Property From Slide Fire Laurel Morales May 23, 2014
Grand Canyon Officials: Bison Herd Too Big For The Park Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Slide Fire Keeps Growing, But Crews Keeping It Away From Flagstaff Laurel Morales May 22, 2014
First Native American Woman To Be A Federal Judge Takes Oath Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
New Law Would Make Abortion Inaccessible In Northern Arizona Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Firefighting To Cost More Than Expected Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Bison Cause Problems At The Grand Canyon Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Hualapai Tribe, Skywalk Developer's Family Reach Deal Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Uranium Stockpiled At Mine Near Grand Canyon Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Family Fights To Stay At National Monument Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Gabriel García Márquez Influenced Many Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
More Homeless In The Forests Means More Fire Danger Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Forgotten 'Downwinders' Demand Federal Compensation Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Colorado River Can Turn Deadly For Self-Guided Adventurers Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Some 'Downwinders' Still Wait To Be Compensated Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Larger Wildfires Cost More To Fight Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Five Southwest Rivers Make 'Endangered' List Laurel Morales March 26, 2018

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