Laurel is currently producing her third podcast "2 Lives" and teaching podcast workshops. Prior to entering the podcast world she was a public radio reporter for 20 years.
She has won national awards for her reporting and writing including a national Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage of Arizona's deadliest fire and a PRNDI award for her podcast Earth+Bone. "2 Lives" has been featured on Apple Podcasts "we're loving" and Spotify's "best episodes." The show has won several awards including a silver Signal Award for best indie podcast, a runner up International Women’s Podcast Award and a Viola Award for best digital storytelling.
She's collaborated on several projects including the multi-award winning "Tracing the Migrant Journey" series. She can be heard on NPR, the Fronteras Desk, Code Switch, Here & Now, Science Friday, Marketplace, National Native News, and the BBC.
She's known for her inclusion of diverse voices, for crafting powerful stories, and for collaborating with a team to complete projects on time with humor, emotional intelligence, and constructive feedback.
The traditional stories that define Navajo culture revere women. But today, rape and domestic violence rates surge. So what happened? That’s what we set out to answer in this series named after Changing Woman, or Asdzą́ą́ Nádleehé. We’ll meet the women who prove that despite generations of cultural genocide, the heart of Navajo culture still beats.
In 2016 hundreds of thousands of people from around the world united with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. That protest continues as President Donald Trump advances development. The movement has brought a megaphone to the battle between what tribes believe to be sacred and what westerners consider fair game all across the United States.
- Story Editing
- Show Development
- Field Producing
- Sound Devices Mix Pre-3
- Focus Rite Solo
- Dynamic Omnidirectional RE50B Microphone
- Shure MV7 Microphone
- Zoom H4n Recorder
- Zoom H1 Recorder
- Shotgun microphone, pistol grip and shock mount
- Freelance Reporter at NPR (Current)
- Editor at KUOW (Current)
- Senior Field Correspondent at KJZZ Fronteras Desk, KJZZ Original Productions (November 2020)
- Reporter, Host at KNAU (November 2010)
- Reporter at Minnesota Public Radio (January 2003)