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 – Before the presents are unwrapped, United Blood Services is hoping donors will consider sharing the gift of life. “We’ve seen an increased need in the last 10 days,” said Lee Hartmann, United Blood Services regional director for field operations. Donations are off the expected pace because of […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Juvenile Detention Center will charge more to house young offenders from other counties starting Jan. 1. The Lee County Board of Supervisors on Monday raised the daily rate to $130. The center currently charges other counties $90 a day; the state average is $125, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Autism Center of North Mississippi is closing in on the goal for its first capital campaign. The campaign, which began in October, has raised $19,000 of its $30,000. “TRI and Renasant are our biggest donors so far,” said Brittany Cuevas, director of business development and administration […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal This year’s flu shot isn’t a perfect match, but it’s still worth the stick, according to public health officials. “There is a benefit to decreasing the severity of the illness,” said Dr. Thomas Dobbs, Mississippi state epidemiologist. Last week, the Centers for Disease control announced tests had determined the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tree of Life Free Clinic has begun work to provide more shelter for its patients. Demolition began this week to create an open-air pavilion in front of the West Main Street building where the all-volunteer mission clinic provides medical and basic dental care twice a month. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The forecast for the Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade called for hope and holiday cheer. WTVA weatherman Matt Laubhan, who shared grand marshal duties with wife Emily Leonard, said he couldn’t take credit for the crisp, but not too cold, weather. “It’s either nice or awful,” said Laubhan, […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Advocates are revving up their efforts in the fight against breast cancer. On Monday, the Susan G. Komen North Mississippi affiliate officially unveiled the new Mississippi breast cancer awareness car tag. It updates the existing tag that has been available for a number of years. “We split […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Despite threats, the Grove appeared to weather the weekend’s Egg Bowl festivities without incident. Last week, the University of Mississippi received an anonymous email threatening to harm trees around campus, including the celebrated Grove. “None of the trees were harmed over the weekend,” said Danny Blanton, university […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Mississippi’s health woes are well-documented, but its public health advocates have brought home national honors for their efforts to turn the tide. Mississippi Public Health Association was named the outstanding affiliate of the year by the American Public Health Association at its annual conference in November. “We’re honored to […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – HealthWorks! is hitching a ride across the country with U-Haul. The Tupelo children’s health education center, known for its tie-dyed, infectious contaminating fun, had a photo accepted in the #Uhaul Famous promotion. A colorful photo taken in September is now in part of photo montages on 45 […]