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 Ralph and Megan Doxey don’t ever get tired of seeing ice bucket challenges in their Facebook feed. “It has been really incredible,” said Megan Doxey. “Before, nobody talked about ALS.” Ralph Doxey was officially diagnosed with ALS in May 2013. The unpredictable, progressive motor neuron disease – commonly known […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The City of Tupelo has begun an aggressive round of mosquito spraying in the wake of a West Nile virus death. The Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed Thursday that a Lee County resident has died from the mosquito-borne illness. It is the first case of West […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Next Tuesday, North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo will bring all of its young patients together in one place. On Wednesday, the Tupelo hospital will shift the pediatrics unit from the main hospital on South Gloster Street to NMMC Women’s Hospital on Eason Boulevard. It will bring all the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Alzheimer’s disease and dementia disorders can send people and their families on terrifying, confusing journeys. The Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter is part of a coalition in the state working to provide a beacon for people with dementia and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association is about more than research into […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The home builders association framed its support of the state’s building codes as good for consumers before the Lee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. “I think it’s something we need to do to protect our homeowners,” said Kenneth Estes, president of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The Lee County Board of Supervisors appointed retired Tupelo Fire Chief Marc Flanagan to serve as the Lee County fire coordinator. Flanagan succeeds David Homan, who was recognized at Tuesday morning’s meeting for his service in the part-time role. The coordinator tracks state fire reports and release of funds […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Retailers and shoppers need to continue to be wary of counterfeit bills circulating in Tupelo and across the region. Since June, there have been 18 cases of counterfeit bills reported to Tupelo police, primarily by convenience stores and fast food restaurants. They are working with the U.S. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – With laughter and tears, the Sanctuary Hospice family sent its leader into a new life. Nearly 300 supporters gathered at the BancorpSouth Center on Thursday night to salute retiring executive director Linda Gholston. “She has touched so many in her time with us,” said Lisa Hawkins, current […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Parents and young athletes need to follow smart hydration strategies in the wake of the tragic death of a Jackson Prep football player. “If your kids haven’t had problems, keep following a healthy diet and hydrating with water and sports drinks,” said Walt Wilkins, who leads the North Mississippi […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Many Northeast Mississippians shopping for insurance on healthcare.gov will see lower premiums for 2015. Premiums for Magnolia Health, which offers the only plans available for Northeast Mississippi counties except for Alcorn and Tishomingo, are expected to go down by about 25 percent, according to a report in […]