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 Rain or shine, there’s no escaping allergy season in Northeast Mississippi. “In this region, we’re so prone to having high pollen counts, it doesn’t matter what the weather does,” said Tupelo allergist Dr. Matt Oswalt. “The season tends to last longer.” Tupelo rainfall totals are running roughly two inches […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal If it was up to Randy Kelley, he would have borrowed a pocket knife and whittled the first-ever Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award into 450 pieces, one for every person present Tuesday night. “No one individual accomplishes anything by themselves,” said the executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Amy Dickerson had only 19 years on this earth, but her legacy stretches to 27 states and two countries. “At last count, she helped 156 people,” said her mother Julie Dickerson of Nettleton, who has become an advocate for organ and tissue donation since her daughter was killed in […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal When Robert Thames needed help to stay strong during his lung cancer treatment, friends he didn’t know he had already had taken a swing for him. The Belden man is one of hundreds of cancer patients who receive help from the North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Patient Fund, which […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure finished what it began in October, handing out $170,000 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations Thursday. “We are so excited this year because we had more money,” said Liz Dawson, board president for the North Mississippi affiliate of the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The HealthWorks! zoom room was full of laughter, smiles and sweat Tuesday night. The Tupelo children’s health education center has been home base for Families in Transformation – FIT for short. Since Feb. 2, a group of 23 inactive and overweight children and their grown-ups have been […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Autism advocates are hailing a new state law requiring health insurers to cover therapy to treat the disorder, but cautioned there is more work to do. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 885 into law Thursday, requiring health insurance providers to cover applied behavior analysis for children 2 to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Step-by-step, word-by-word, Regional Rehabilitation Center has built up a legacy that extends well beyond the walls of the one-story building on Pegram Drive. For 6-year-old Peyton Camp, son of Susan and Rusty Camp of Ingomar, Regional Rehab has meant being understood when he speaks and writes. “They’ve brought him […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College isn’t waiting to put fitness initiatives in motion. After formally accepting a $308,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the community college’s faculty and staff took off for a walk, stretched through a yoga session and boogied down in […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Glen Campbell provided the music and a window into life with Alzheimer’s disease Tuesday night. Mississippi Methodist Senior Services hosted two screenings of the documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” and a panel discussion including Campbell’s wife Kim and local Alzheimer’s advocates at the Malco Theater in […]