Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales (Flagstaff) believes everyone has an amazing story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions.

Morales seeks new angles and compelling unheard voices like the ex-gang member working to graduate from high school, or the honor guard who stayed with the bodies of the 19 firefighters who died last summer, or the art dealer who after visiting the Hopi decided to return sacred artifacts to the tribe.

Morales came to northern Arizona in 2003 from rural Minnesota, where she worked as a reporter after receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She left Minnesota Public Radio after her contact lenses froze to her eyeballs on a short walk from her apartment to the station. While Flagstaff still has snow, the winters are short and bearable.

And there’s never a shortage of stories in northern Arizona. She’s covered environmental issues at the Grand Canyon, the impact of war, wildfires and everything in between. Living next to the largest tribe and reservation in the country, many of her stories are about American Indian issues. And many of those stories are picked up by national programs.

She has won several Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards and a national PRNDI for the only commentary she's ever written. It was about changing her name from Druley to Morales when she got married.

Follow her on Twitter: @laurelgwyn.

Title Author Publication Date
Court Says Uranium Mine Can Open Near Grand Canyon National Park Laurel Morales April 08, 2015
Junk Food Tax May Send Navajos Back To Their Roots Laurel Morales April 08, 2015
Navajo Nation Imposes Junk Food Tax Laurel Morales March 31, 2015
Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Indian Families In ICWA Case Laurel Morales March 31, 2015
Navajo Nation Finds Way To Combat Housing Crisis Faster Laurel Morales March 30, 2015
US 89 Reopens After 2013 Landslide Laurel Morales March 26, 2015
Feds Try To Clean Uranium Found In Navajo Water Laurel Morales March 25, 2015
Native Americans Can Prosecute Non-Natives In Tribal Court Laurel Morales March 16, 2015
Feds Pay Downwinders $2 Billion But Leave Out Mohave County Laurel Morales March 05, 2015
Navajo Nation Files Petition Against U.S. Over Sacred Mountain Laurel Morales March 03, 2015
After Wildfire, Winter Weather Means Oak Creek At Risk For Flooding Laurel Morales March 02, 2015
20 NAU Students, Staff Stranded In Snow Laurel Morales February 24, 2015
Dentists Overwhelmed By Tooth Decay In Navajo Children Laurel Morales February 24, 2015
Flagstaff, Prescott Honor Kayla Mueller Laurel Morales February 13, 2015
Some Tribes See Opportunity In Marijuana Business, Others See Destruction Laurel Morales February 05, 2015
Hopi Make Strong Connection To Reggae Music Laurel Morales February 03, 2015
US Reps: Grand Canyon Monument Would Protect Watershed Laurel Morales January 29, 2015
Historic Environmental Settlement For Navajo Nation Finalized Laurel Morales January 26, 2015
Federal Regulators Change Mexican Wolf Protections Laurel Morales January 12, 2015
Rights Group: President’s Action Criminalizes Those Trying To Join Family Laurel Morales January 08, 2015
Yarnell Hill Memorial Proposals To Be Heard Laurel Morales January 06, 2015
Study Finds Inconsistent Access To Plan B In Indian Country Laurel Morales December 25, 2014
Navajo Community To Get Water Needs Met Laurel Morales December 23, 2014
Firefighters Twice As Likely To Get Certain Cancers Laurel Morales December 22, 2014
Fire Departments Install Exhaust Controls Laurel Morales December 22, 2014

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