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 A Fulton family is hoping they can turn Internet connections into a wheelchair-accessible van. Five-year-old Eli Kent, who is paralyzed and dependent on a ventilator, currently has to ride on the floor of the family van. If they finish in the top 10 percent of online voting at mobilityawarenessmonth.com, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal AMORY – Gilmore Regional Medical Center has a new name. As of Monday, the Amory hospital is now officially Merit Health Gilmore Memorial, to reflect its affiliation with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. “We have always had a commitment to advancing the practice of modern medicine,” J. Allen Tyra, Gilmore […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The 2015 Lee County Relay for Life will be rolling out the red carpet for cancer survivors and Tupelo’s favorite son. The annual festival that celebrates the work of volunteers on behalf of the American Cancer Society is taking inspiration from Elvis Presley’s movie career. The event will begin […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Time matters with strokes. Ignoring the symptoms – sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, trouble speaking or understanding speech, confusion or balance problems – can cost your brain its best chance to recover. “If you have stroke symptoms, the main thing is to get to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Grab your hat and get ready for Tupelo’s most elegant garden party. The 17th annual Kentucky Derby Party benefiting Regional Rehabilitation Center brings south a piece of the action of the Run for the Roses. “If you can’t make it to Kentucky, come to Robins Street,” said […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal An 11-year-old Saltillo boy and the foundation created to honor his late father were front and center in Birmingham on Tuesday night. During the University of Alabama-Birmingham versus Samford baseball game, Bryson Burks and the Kidney Head Foundation were featured in a video created by UAB’s media department. As […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Before the April 28th tornado, Jean Circle was a waving kind of neighborhood. Now it’s a stop-and-talk neighborhood, said Trish and Ronnie Johnson. “It did bring the neighborhood closer together,” Trish Johnson said. The tornado scored a direct hit on the small neighborhood off County Road 811. The walls […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Suzzett Hart wasn’t having a good day before the April 28 tornado touched down in Tupelo. “I had a stomach virus,” Hart remembered. The plan was to head to Barnes Crossing Urgent Care with daughter Cynthia in tow because classes at Carver Elementary had been dismissed early. But Hart’s […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Two previous tornadoes revealed the path for North Mississippi Medical Center to follow in the aftermath of the April 28 tornado. Lessons learned from the devastating 2011 Smithville tornado were incorporated into policies, said Dr. Joe Johnsey, NMMC emergency department medical director. Drills helped them turn the policies into […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Early warnings and teamwork were essential ingredients for Tupelo and Lee County school districts on April 28, 2014. Tupelo Superintendent Gearl Loden and Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks were focused on the weather that morning. Sixteen had died the day before when tornadoes touched down in western Arkansas. Tupelo […]