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
Native Vote Could Make A Difference Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo To Use Drones To Monitor Crops Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
A Drier Southwest Means More Bears Move To Town Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Climate Change Could Change Southwestern Landscape Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Practicing Empathy Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Fire Study Stirs Controversy Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Navajo Connection Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Flagstaff Alternative School Saving Dropouts Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
EPA Begins Cleanup Of Navajo Uranium Mines Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Adult Obesity Rates Continue To Rise Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Dropout Nation: From Detention To Diploma Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Wildfires Pose Risk To 740,000 Western U.S. Homes Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Miss Navajo Not Your Typical Pageant Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Native Americans Have Highest Rate of Suicide Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Learning The Signs Of Suicide Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
To Vote Or Not To Vote Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Wallow Fire Starters Get Two Days in Jail Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Obama Fast Tracks The West's Wind And Solar Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Deferred Action Outlined For DREAMers Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Congressional Candidates Attempt To Reach Voters In Giant District Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Rose Colored Glasses Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
First Navajo Woman Runs For Congress Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Feds Give Tribes More Authority to Lease Land Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Name Change Can Be Powerful Laurel Morales March 26, 2018
Obama Administration Streamlines Solar Projects Laurel Morales March 26, 2018

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