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 – Four Northeast Mississippi hospitals have been named top performers by the national commission that accredits health care facilities. This week the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals across the country, named 16 Mississippi hospitals to its 2013 list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures. The national list […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo High School senior project was personal from the start for Aaron Jenkins. The work with Women First Resource Center became a labor of love for his collaborators, Todd Broughton, Michaela Cayson, Alexa Garcia and Katelyn Steig. “I never thought that they would want to follow […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal As immigration advocates welcomed temporary relief, Northeast Mississippi’s congressional delegation blasted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. The president announced a number of immigration-related measures in a televised speech Thursday night, but much of the attention has focused on an expansion of the deferred action program currently open […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – An inside peek at the effects of smoking can be pretty convincing. Using two sets of preserved pig lungs, HealthWorks! high-flying kid motivator Kim Burleson showed a group of home-school students how their lungs could be affected by smoking during a program at the Tupelo children’s health […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to opt out of the state building codes approved by the Legislature earlier this year. “I favor building codes,” said District 2 Supervisor Bobby Smith, who is a licensed contractor, “but I don’t favor what we’ve got before us.” […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Hospice helped Carol Ann Coker keep her promise to her mother. Doris Young died at her Tupelo home Monday evening, surrounded by her family. Her husband of 68 years, Ronnie Young held her hand as she took her last breaths. For months, North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Saturday marks the first day of health insurance hunting season. Mississippians, especially those who can’t access health insurance through their employer, can go shopping on healthcare.gov. The federal insurance marketplace is the only place consumers can access premium tax credits or a cost-sharing subsidy provided by the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – With help from golfing friends, the Bryan family has planted the seeds to help cancer patients in the West Point region. On Thursday, the Bryan family and Old Waverly staff presented $30,000 in proceeds from the recent Ladies Professional Golf Association Handa Cup at Old Waverly to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Three incumbent Northeast Mississippi judges appeared to be headed for another term on the bench in unofficial votes on Tuesday night. The only open seat – the District 3 Circuit Court race – is likely headed for a runoff. In District 1, incumbent Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk had […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Repairs to roads damaged by heavy traffic from hauling tornado-related debris are on hold while Lee County clarifies federal reimbursement for the project. Ten spots along Birmingham Ridge Road, County Road 251 and Euclatubba Road were worn down as tornado debris from Tupelo, Lee County and Itawamba […]