Laurel Morales

Laurel Morales believes everyone has an amazing story to tell. You just have to ask the right questions.

As senior field correspondent for station KJZZ and the Fronteras Desk, based in Flagstaff, Arizona, Morales seeks new angles and compelling unheard voices — like the ex-gang member working to graduate from high school, the  honor guard who stayed with the bodies of the 19 firefighters who died in Yarnell, Ariz., and the art dealer who decided to return sacred artifacts after visiting the Hopi tribe.

Morales left Minnesota Public Radio for northern Arizona in 2003 after her contact lenses froze to her eyeballs on a short walk from her apartment to work. While Flagstaff still has snow, the winters are short and bearable.

In northern Arizona she’s covered environmental issues at the Grand Canyon, the impact of war, water shortages, 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.

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

LaTanya Dickson's family has to travel 20 miles to get clean water, which they store in jugs under the kitchen table of their hogan on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

An NGO focused on water poverty turns its attention from Africa back to the US

A call from a potential donor to an international NGO working on access to clean water proved a turning point for both the group and a fight in the US.

An NGO focused on water poverty turns its attention from Africa back to the US
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Bad Air in a Big Canyon

Bad Air in a Big Canyon