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 Monica Sorrell and her family had no clue what drove the disappearance of her daughter Ebonee Sanders. For three weeks in 2010, the 30-year-old Corinth woman was gone, and her family had no keys to unlock the mystery. The real-life culprit turned out to be multiple sclerosis. Unraveling the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Library required $11,800 in emergency repairs after a leaky roof flooded a stairwell. The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved the emergency repair bill from Graham Roofing at Monday’s regular meeting. “It was pretty bad,” library director Jeff Tomlinson said of the leak. “We […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – In Tupelo, mechanical engineer Henry Robinson helps the rubber meet the road at Cooper Tire. In Afghanistan, U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Henry Robinson helps the road meet the rubber. “I make sure the roads are safe and passable,” said Robinson, who is halfway through a yearlong […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County has worked hard to make quality care a team sport. “Our patients are the focus of what we do,” said Barbara Owens, administrative director at the New Albany hospital. “No one group has made that happen. It’s very much a collaborative effort.” […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal One chapter of a cross-country nightmare has closed for Tupelo cardiologist Dr. Barry Bertolet and his family. On Monday, a federal jury convicted Harold Henthorn, 59, for the murder of Dr. Toni Bertolet Henthorn, Bertolet’s sister. The case has received national attention and was featured on “48 Hours” in […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal By a thin margin, Mississippi isn’t the fattest state in the nation. For the first time since 1990, Mississippi doesn’t occupy one of the top two spots for adult obesity rates. From data collected in 2014, Arkansas had the highest rate of adult obesity with 35.9 percent. West Virginia, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Pink Heals brought its colorful fire trucks to Tupelo on Friday. Cancer survivors and medical professionals added their names to a bright pink fire truck named Karen during two stops at North Mississippi Medical Center. Although pink is closely associated with breast cancer, the national organization has […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Suicide casts deep shadows. A sense of hopelessness can be suffocating for those contemplating suicide. The families and friends left behind when someone completes suicide often feel isolated in their grief. Organizers of the Sept. 26 Out of the Darkness Walk in Tupelo want them to feel they can […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Child safety seats are the law, but they can’t protect if they aren’t installed properly. Tupelo police, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi teamed up Wednesday for a car seat safety check point at Noah’s Ark Day Care in […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Dr. Susan Shamburger usually fights breast cancer by pouring over mammograms. Tuesday night, the Tupelo radiologist who specializes in breast imaging tied on an apron at the Fairpark Grill for Celebrity Wait Night benefiting Susan G. Komen North Mississippi. “I wanted to raise money for the Race […]