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 – 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 […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s small business health insurance marketplace is up and rolling. Already 226 employers have shown an interest in the One, Mississippi exchange, and 90 have completed applications, Bob Williams of the Mississippi Insurance Department told nearly 200 attendees at the annual Health Link Managed Care Conference Tuesday. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The city was glowing with health Saturday as the first Tupelo Health and Wellness Festival took over Veterans Park. More than 200 runners armed with glow sticks, decked out in neon shirts and speckled with day-glo paint streaked through the park after sunset. They were greeted by […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – More than 350 Sisters Network supporters praised God and lifted up breast cancer survivors Saturday. “I thank God it didn’t take my life,” said keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor Shondia McFadden-Sabari. “It didn’t take my self-esteem.” Sabari, who had a bilateral mastectomy after being diagnosed with […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal There is power in running with other people. “The whole thing is staying motivated and having that accountability,” said Tupelo runner Carla Lane, who credits her running group that formed around Marathon Makeover three years ago with keeping her in stride. Even if you don’t have a regular group, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo will take on a healthy glow Saturday. The first Tupelo Health and Wellness Festival will fill Veterans Park with a free, daylong festival dedicated to the gamut of healthy choices available in the Tupelo area. The festival will start at 10 a.m. and culminate in the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A partnership between North Mississippi Medical Center and a Tupelo-based oncology practice will bring all of the outpatient oncology infusion services under one roof. North Mississippi Hematology and Oncology and its facility at Bridgepoint became an NMMC outpatient department effective Monday. “This exciting and innovative partnership will […]