Christine Trudeau


Christine Trudeau is a public radio reporter covering government and education for KYUK, serving the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta based in Bethel. She is a 2018-19 Investigative Fellow with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. A citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously Trudeau has interned with NPR’s Diversity Department, NPR member station KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published work for NPR, National Native News, and Yes Magazine. In 2014, Trudeau received a National Native Media Award from Native American Journalists Association for Best Student Radio Feature Story. In 2017, Trudeau won multiple awards from the Alaska Press Club for her coverage of Bethel and its surrounding communities.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK News

Naim Shabani, as of Monday, is the newest appointed City Council member. He is replacing former Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski, who resigned last month.

Katie Basile / KYUK News

Co-Owner of Kusko Cab Naim Shabani is replacing Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski on the Bethel City Council.

Louise Russell

Following their first trip to the State Judo Championships, Bethel’s Yukon Kuskokwim Judo Club is back on the mat for the last few practices before summer break. After taking home multiple titles, the team is amped to return next year.




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Bethel Search and Rescue honors their own Bertha Chase for more than 30 years of service as BSAR Treasurer. The award was given out at last week’s BSAR meeting in Bethel.  

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The Lower Kuskokwim School District will launch their new website next week. The announcement came during their school board meeting, last Friday. LKSD said the launch comes as part of a comprehensive communication plan aimed at improving their online presence.



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A two-car accident last Friday has left no one with any serious injuries. The accident took place outside of Fili’s Pizza, when a silver GMC Sierra and a yellow Ford Escape collided.

Bethel Search and Rescue

On Monday evening, Bethel Search and Rescue, or BSAR, took an aerial survey river check. BSAR Chief, Mike Riley says they followed the Kuskokwim from the Johnson River to Akiak, spotting open holes with broken up ice inside.

Warren Polk

Seven Bethel students placed in the statewide judo competition. Three came in first in their weight classes: Lindsey Beans-Polk, Samuel Beans-Polk and Emily Madison. Leif Nelson and Axel Madison placed second in their weight classes. Soren Nelson took third, and Brenna Rice fourth.


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Mayor Rick Robb’s third attempt to lower Bethel’s sales tax rate has failed. At Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Mayor Robb proposed lowering Bethel’s sales tax from 6 percent, to 5.75 percent.


Katie Basile

Mark Springer is replacing Nikki Hoffman as Bethel's newest City Council member. The appointment comes after Hoffman resigned earlier this month after having a baby. Springer has served two terms on Council in the past. On Tuesday night, he was up against long time Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak and local joint owner of Kusko Cab Naim Shabani.