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

Sick children in Northeast Mississippi have a new friend in the hospital. As part of a collaboration with University of Mississippi Medical Center, pediatric hospitalist Dr. Jana Sperka is now taking care of young patients at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. She joins pediatric endocrinologist Jessica Lilley and pediatric cardiologist Salwa Gendi as the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Nearly 200 Northeast Mississippi women got into the spirit of tailgating Thursday and cheered on the Mississippi woman who could become the first female NFL official. “Just stick your neck out and be yourself; it will take you a long way,” Sarah Thomas told the group gathered […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Two of Mississippi’s biggest hospital systems have teamed up to expand pediatric specialty care in Tupelo and the region. University of Mississippi Medical Center and North Mississippi Medical Center have partnered to open Children’s of Mississippi-Tupelo. “We don’t want children to have to leave their home or […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal This spring, Lee County will have more shelters from storms. Three above-ground community shelters are now in place at Veterans Park, Rockwell Center next to Joyner Elementary and the Lee County Multi-Purpose Building. A fourth shelter will be placed in the next few weeks, said Lee Bowdry, Lee County […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Premiums for employer-based health insurance are growing much more slowly, and Mississippi is ahead of the national curve. In a Commonwealth Fund study released last week, researchers found that 31 states and the District of Columbia had marked slow downs in premium growth. Mississippi had one of the lowest […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Kids and their families who are looking to build a healthier new year can find fitness and nutrition with a hefty dose of fun with F.I.T. The Families in Transformation program offers health education, fun fitness activities, coaching, cooking demos and encouragement for kids and their families. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Nine Lee County volunteer fire departments are one step closer to having shelter from the storm. The Lee County Board of Supervisors took three bids ranging from $64,200 to $148,900 to put above-ground storm shelters under advisement at its Monday meeting. The county had to rebid the project after […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – In Lee County, 24 candidates filed papers Monday on the first day of qualifying for the 2015 elections. As of 4 p.m., 14 Republicans and 10 Democrats had turned in paperwork and fees to qualify for the party Aug. 4 party primaries. At 4 p.m., only two […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The 2015 election season will officially open Monday as qualifying begins for county and state office. “We’ll have a busy day Monday,” said Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin, who is retiring and won’t seek another term as circuit clerk. State and county offices are closed today and Friday […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Jazmine Rowan’s journey to a healthier life has been a winding road. Since 2007, the 29-year-old Tupelo woman has dropped 111 pounds. Along the way, she fought the urge to quit and learned to savor the little victories. “You want to avoid that ‘I’m never going to […]