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 – For a decade, pottery butterflies have been flitting out of the imagination of a Tupelo potter in support of local cancer patients. Since 2007, Jennifer Hankins of Midnite Pottery has created a pottery butterfly and platter annually to benefit the North Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Patient Assistance […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Your heart is always on the job. It’s in your best interest to keep it pumping happily for years to come Even small changes can make a big difference in your heart attack risk. Healthy eating, regular exercise and quitting smoking can deliver tremendous gains. “A new study shows […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Zika virus hasn’t disembarked in Mississippi, yet, but health officials are watching. The mosquito-borne virus is spreading in several countries in South and Central America and the Caribbean, and travelers from the United States have come home with the virus, which causes fever, rash, joint pain […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Middle-aged white men are bucking the trend, and not in a good way. A report analyzing the expected and actual death rates of working age Americans found that whites, particularly men ages 45 to 54, are dying at higher than expected rates. Progress against the leading causes […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo primary care providers welcomed recent national recommendations for broader screening for depression. “It’s definitely a good idea,” said Nurse Practitioner Susan Duffie-Bryd, a primary care provider with LifeCore in Tupelo, which provides mental health and primary care services. “There are a significant number of people out […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The snow may be long gone, but United Blood Services needs help digging out from Friday’s winter weather. Storms across Northeast Mississippi kept donors away at the end of last week, and the center needs people to roll up their sleeves to ensure an adequate supply for […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Doctors and hospitals may be getting some relief from headache-inducing electronic health record regulations. Earlier this month, Andy Slavitt, the interim administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, shared that 2016 would be the last year for meaningful use program as the agency seeks to streamline regulatory programs. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Detergent pods, lamp oil, button batteries and Grandma’s blood pressure meds wouldn’t make most people’s list of top treats. However, they can be irresistible to young children. “You see kids getting into anything around the house,” said Dr. Robert Cox, director of the Mississippi Poison Control Center and University […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Nearly 500 women turned out Thursday night for inspiration on getting the junk out of their life. Author/Organizer/TV host Peter Walsh drew a sellout crowd to the annual North Mississippi Medical Center Spirit of Women event to hear about losing the clutter and weight. “It has been […]

6 p.m. Thursday update: In Northeast Mississippi, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Pontotoc, Tippah and Union counties until 9 p.m. Friday. The heaviest accumulations – 4 to 6 inches – are expected from Holly Springs to Corinth. Oxford, New Albany and Pontotoc are forecasted […]