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 – Internist Dr. Alan Flowers has been a Tupelo perennial, tending patients for 39 years. The West Point native will officially retire May 31, just after reaching his 70th birthday. “I just have a feeling it’s time to stop,” Flowers said. Patients and colleagues will have a chance […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal Baby-sitting is a big job. To help young sitters keep themselves and their charges safe, North Mississippi Medical Center Community Health and OCH Regional educators offer Safe Sitter classes each summer. “Baby-sitting is not just a business,” said educator Paula Hamilton of OCH Regional in Starkville. “You’re taking care […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Alice Lute’s habit of doing her little bit has gotten her noticed beyond the boundaries of Traceway Retirement Community in West Tupelo. The retired teacher and Greenville native received the 2016 International Eden Elder Award earlier this month. She also won the talent competition with a “sit […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – As school is winding down, HealthWorks! is gearing up for a summer full of healthy fun. The children’s health education center in Tupelo is breaking out Olympic challenges, shaving cream, brain teasers and even some “Green Eggs and Ham.” “We have a little something for everyone,” said […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Dr. Bennett McGehee traded his stethoscope for a pacifier Tuesday, all in the name of helping patients’ families. McGehee came out ahead of the 13 other Tupelo obstetrician-gynecologists who put their dignity on the line to help raise money for Eddie’s Fund, which provides meal vouchers for […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal ECRU – A campaign to purchase an automated defibrillator had more voltage than expected for the North Pontotoc Middle School Science Club. The group of 17 seventh and eighth graders had hoped to raise $1,000 toward the purchase of the life-saving device, commonly called an AED. “I thought we […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – For both humans and canines, being a couch potato is hazardous to your health. “Sitting has become the new smoking,” said Tracy Stebbins, director of the NMMC Wellness Center in West Point. “Our bodies are designed to move, not sit at a desk or on the couch.” […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services has tapped an oncologist with a significant business and medical resume and Tupelo roots for a newly created clinical leadership position. Starting July 18, Dr. Tom Purcell, a 1981 Tupelo High School grad, will serve as chief physician executive and chief clinical officer […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Health has cleared four Mississippians who had been quarantined at home after being exposed to measles. The state health department is continuing to monitor three others who may have been exposed and who are under physician observation, according to a report released Wednesday. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Hundreds walked and rolled into Fairpark on Tuesday for a special community cookout. The annual event hosted by LIFE of Mississippi and Our Artworks brought together people with physical, mental and developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, the agencies who provide services and community leaders in front of […]