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.

Laurel 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 Laurel on Twitter @laurelgwyn.

Title Author Publication Date
Navajo Family Fights To Stay At National Monument Laurel Morales April 23, 2014
Gabriel García Márquez Influenced Many Laurel Morales April 18, 2014
More Homeless In The Forests Means More Fire Danger Laurel Morales April 16, 2014
Forgotten 'Downwinders' Demand Federal Compensation Laurel Morales April 15, 2014
Colorado River Can Turn Deadly For Self-Guided Adventurers Laurel Morales April 14, 2014
Some 'Downwinders' Still Wait To Be Compensated Laurel Morales April 14, 2014
Larger Wildfires Cost More To Fight Laurel Morales April 09, 2014
Five Southwest Rivers Make 'Endangered' List Laurel Morales April 09, 2014
Energy Company To Pay $5 Billion For Contamination Clean-Up Laurel Morales April 03, 2014
Urban Sprawl Squeezes Pronghorn Antelope Out Laurel Morales March 31, 2014
Colorado River To Flow South Of The Border Laurel Morales March 17, 2014
Yarnell Lessons Slow To Emerge Laurel Morales March 14, 2014
Senators Propose Bill To Repay States After Shutdown Laurel Morales March 11, 2014
Firefighters Prepare For Another Dangerous Season Laurel Morales March 07, 2014
Grand Canyon, National Parks Have Big Economic Impact Laurel Morales March 03, 2014
Despite Water Crisis, Some Farmers Export Crops Laurel Morales February 28, 2014
Hydrologists: Get Used To Drinking Recycled Water Laurel Morales February 20, 2014
Water Czar Leaves Big Legacy And Lessons For Dry Southwest Laurel Morales February 13, 2014
Narco Traffickers Slash Protected Rainforests Laurel Morales January 30, 2014
EPA Wants To Cut Arizona Emissions Laurel Morales January 28, 2014
Impact Of The Long Walk Still Felt 150 Years Later Laurel Morales January 21, 2014
Scientists Try To Save Seven Southwest Species Laurel Morales January 16, 2014
US Environmental Agency Helps Clean Up Border Laurel Morales January 14, 2014
EPA To Decide Fate Of Navajo Generating Station Laurel Morales January 06, 2014
Water Poverty Is A Crisis For Navajo Communities Laurel Morales December 30, 2013

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