Michaela Morris


Since joining the Daily Journal staff in 1996, I’ve covered crime, courts, education, elections, Tupelo city hall, fashion, features and health care. I’m married to Daily Journal staff writer M. Scott Morris, and we have two children, a dog and a cat. I’m often inspired by the passion of our medical professionals and the determination of individuals facing down serious health issues. I love my work because I learn something new every day that can help my family and Daily Journal readers lead fuller, healthier lives. In the past two years, I’ve taken charge of my own health and lost 85 pounds.

Stories Written by Michaela Morris

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Superheroes will reign, the West will get wild, the wet stuff will fly and Einsteins will be revealed. July summer camps, which start July 6, will be anything but boring at HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center in Tupelo. “One of our biggest goals is to create an […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPLEO – Along with picnics and fireworks, this Fourth of July will include voter registration. Through quirks of the calendar and state law, county circuit clerks offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day, but open on July 4. Voters will be able to register from 8 […]

By Michael Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County administrator Sean Thompson is still in critical condition but showed small improvements overnight. Thompson remains in a medically induced coma in intensive care at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo after being admitted with extremely high blood pressure on Monday. The medical team told his family that […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson remained hospitalized in a coma Monday night. Thompson was placed in a medically induced coma after he was admitted to North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo with extremely high blood pressure on Monday morning, said Lee County Chancery Clerk Bill Benson. “They are still […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – David Wilson doesn’t let the roosters get a head start on the day. The new president and chief executive officer of North Mississippi Medical Center is up early to squeeze in a run before heading into work. “Most days, I’m out the door by 5,” said the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Community health advocates and area hospital leaders say they are relieved that tax credit subsidies will stay in place, keeping health insurance accessible for an estimated 100,000 Mississippians who qualify. If the Supreme Court had found that subsidies shouldn’t be made available on the federal health insurance exchange, people […]

Today is the longest day of the year with more than 14 hours of sunshine predicted. But too much of a good thing can have serious consequences. One in five Americans is expected to develop skin cancer during their lifetime. The vast majority of those skin cancers will be associated with exposure to the sun’s […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The dream to create a Chickasaw Heritage Center in Tupelo remains very much alive. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby and his leadership team have been working with the city of Tupelo and the Natchez Trace Parkway to find a home for the center. “The top priority is finding property […]

Family caregivers will have new standing when a new law goes into effect July 1. The federal Caregiver Act aims to keep family caregivers in the loop, especially when patients go home from the hospital. The Mississippi chapter of the AARP, along with the Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi State Department of Health, Mississippi Department of Mental […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Prostate cancer survivor Dick Guyton anticipates he’ll be taking care of business for a long time. The 75-year-old executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace will mark the one-year anniversary of completion of his cancer treatment next week. “It was scary, and it scared me,” Guyton said. But after […]