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 – Mississippi is bucking the national trend, with about 16,000 fewer people signing up for the Affordable Care Act through the end of December as compared to last year. Nationally, 11.5 million people have signed up for plans through Dec. 31, 286,000 more than for the same time […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo High School marching band hit the high notes Friday, completing its “Get the Wave to Washington” fundraising drive. Tupelo High School Band Boosters announced early Friday afternoon that the band has exceeded its $108,000 fundraising goal for its trip to march in the Inaugural Parade. […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal The North Mississippi affiliate of Susan G. Komen is looking for help to put money raised from October’s Race for the Cure to work across North Mississippi. In addition to projects that can connect medically underserved women with screening mammograms, the affiliate is looking to meet some specific needs […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Regional Rehabilitation Center kicked off its Fresh Start campaign with a big boost. More than $75,000 has been pledged to help the center pay off the remainder of its debt, said Scott Reed, who is serving as the chairman of the capital campaign. The Tupelo center […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal On Jan. 1, resolutions are minted, bright and full of hope. But weeks or even days into the new year, the shine of a healthier, wealthier and wiser life can be tarnished, and aspirations laid aside until next January. The best resolution may be to give up all-or-nothing thinking […]

Danny Willis, who grew up in Mantee, has been inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Willis, who graduated from Cumberland High School, now East Webster High School, was saluted by the American Academy of Nursing as a nurse who made significant contributions in advancing the foundations of nursing and improving health […]

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency will open a 6,000-square-foot clinical addition later this year at its headquarters in Flowood. The on-site access will improve the timely recovery for organ and tissue donation, thus improving the outcomes for those in need of lifesaving organ transplants and life improving tissue graphs, the organization said. The 2.2 million dollar […]

TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute accepts new and used durable medical equipment to donate through its Second Time Around Program. The program makes new and used medical equipment available to patients who may not have the funds to purchase needed items. Often, patients who are recovering from a stroke or other debilitating […]

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when a fatty material called plaque builds up inside arteries and reduces or restricts blood flow. When this happens, the body reroutes blood flow to smaller arteries to help get blood to the muscles. Think of it like an interstate – when the main road is blocked, there are detours […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo has agreed to repay Medicare $119,000 following the findings of audits of large hospitals around the country. University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, which also was chosen for the Medicare audit of large hospitals, was asked to return $365,000. “Of all the […]