Born and raised in rural Maine, Lael Morgan started her career as a reporter for the Malden Press in Massachusetts, while attending Boston University. Later she became a photojournalist in Alaska and then enjoyed a five year stint for the Los Angeles Times. In 1972 she returned to the Far North for assignments with National Geographic, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Alaska Magazine, and also worked for University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she taught writing, photography and multimeda.
In 1999 she became managing editor of the Casco Bay Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Portland, Maine. A year later she was promoted to publisher and remained in that position until the paper was sold in 2003. Then she served as a visiting professor at University of Texas at Arlington until 2003.
Her most recent books are Eskimo Star: From Tundra to Tinseltown: the Ray Mala Story, released by Epicenter Press in April 2011 and Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder and the Wil Women of Montana's Frontier.
In addition, Morgan has authored Good Time Girls of the Alaska Yukon Gold Rush, Epicenter Press, 1998; The Earthquake Survival Manuel (now published in Turkish), Epicenter Press, 1993; Art and Eskimo Power: The Life and Times of Alaskan Howard Rock, Epicenter Press,1988; Tatting: A New Look at the Old Art of Lace Making, Doubleday, 1977; And the Land Provides, Doubleday 1975; and Women's Guide to Boating and Cooking, Dodd Mead and Doubleday, 1968.
A confirmed divorcée, Morgan currently teaches online for University of Texas while residing in the seacoast town of Saco Maine.