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 – On Independence Day, the Thompson family had no guarantees they would all sit down together for Thanksgiving dinner. But nearly five months after a hemorrhagic stroke knocked Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson down, he has clicked off milestones in rehab therapy and is easing his way back […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Mississippi’s record drop in infant mortality means 64 more toddlers are disrupting Thanksgiving celebrations today. The state saw 64 fewer infant deaths from 2013 to 2014. When combined with an increase in the number of births in 2014, the infant morality rate dropped from 9.7 per 1,000 […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Regional Rehabilitation Center is counting its blessings this Thanksgiving. The Tupelo center, which provides physical, occupational and speech therapy along with audiology and early intervention services free of charge, raised $319,000 through its annual Celebration of Hope telethon and fundraising events. “We’ve been very blessed this year,” […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Infant mortality in Mississippi has hit an all-time low, dropping to a rate of 8.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The Mississippi State Department of Health announced the milestone in reducing infant deaths, noting the state has seen a significant trend since 2005. In all, the […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tucker Whitenton, Hayden Johnson, Alaina Callens and Jackson Caldwell are hoping for more than A’s on their Tupelo High School senior project. They want to inspire their classmates and people across the community to never, never give up. “We’ve had peers who have attempted suicide,” Callens said. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Adults are struggling to budge the scale, but the youngest kids are giving public health advocates hope in the battle against obesity. “We’ve made progress in Mississippi in very young children,” said Dr. Dan Jones, director of clinical and population science for the Mississippi Center for Obesity […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo elementary students have brightened up exam rooms at IMA-Tupelo without setting foot in the door. The medical clinic has 50 paintings on loan from young artists at Lawndale Elementary. The physicians, staff and the patients have appreciated colorful additions to the exam rooms. “The patients love […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County crews will start emergency repairs on the Campbelltown Creek Bridge on County Road 941 this week. The Lee County Board of Supervisors approved a $15,000 request to fix the bridge near Baldwyn for repairs at its Monday meeting. Cracks were discovered in the southern truss […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Project Hope has blown out the candle on its 15-year effort to help local heart disease, diabetes and cancer patients. “Our board of directors made the difficult decision to dissolve Project Hope because of declining contributions and participation, coupled with the deaths of two founding members,” said […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Few things are more miserable than a little one with a big cold. Tiny noses get red and runny. Throats get scratchy. It’s hard for anyone in the house to get any sleep. When adults have the sniffles, there’s a huge range of the over-the-counter options to keep them […]