Katie Basile

Multimedia Producer/Director

Katie Basile is a photographer and multimedia storyteller from Bethel, Alaska. 

After graduating with a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Montana, Katie lived in Prague and interned with Spectrum Pictures. Eventually she settled in Brooklyn, New York where she lived and worked for six-years.

Katie recently returned home to Bethel, Alaska where she continues to focus on documentary work and explores multimedia storytelling with rural Alaskan youth.

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Bethel smells like fried smelt. The small fish started swimming past the town this week during their annual run up the Kuskokwim River. Hundreds of people flocked to the seawall with dip nets to fill their buckets and get a taste of fresh fish. KYUK joined them at the river front.

Bethel High School Junior Amara Freeman and Senior Kelly O'Brien join the hundreds of thousands across the nation who marched for stricter gun regulation in the "March for Our Lives" on March 24, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation marched for more gun regulation this Saturday. In Bethel, about 30 people joined the movement, carrying signs and walking the slushy shoulder of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Most of those who took to the Bethel streets were students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and grandparents. Some remembered the school shooting in Bethel more than 20 years ago; the teenage students in the march have grown up amid the threat of mass shootings. KYUK brings you the voices of those marching in Bethel.


Katie Basile / KYUK

The river always throws challenges at mushers in the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race, but this year the river was simply too dangerous.

Katie Basile / KYUK

After roughly 150-miles of racing, Pete Kaiser returned home to Bethel for a short rest, only to turn around and repeat the loop to Bogus Creek. The three-time defending K300 champion led the field of 18 mushers into the Bethel checkpoint.

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Fifteen mushers are on the Bogus Creek 150 trail after pulling the snow hook in Bethel to kick off this year's Kuskokwim 300 race weekend. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

Sixteen years ago, America lost 343 firefighters as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. This year, Bethel Fire Department members joined the ranks of those firefighters and EMS workers who commemorate the memory of the fallen on 9/11. The inaugural event included a presentation set up on the front lawn of the fire department with 343 flags in the ground, a memorial sign with spotlights and flowers, and a sentinel firefighter keeping watch. The sentinel stood on site for 343 minutes: one minute for each firefighter who fell on September 11, 2001. 

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Watch our video summary of the gray whale harvested on the Kuskokwim river last week. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Families from across the Y-K Delta reunited both on and off stage at the 2017 Cama'i Dance Festival over the weekend of April 1. 


"The original meaning (of dance) is to entertain people. You have to make your teasing cousins laugh," says Ayaprun Loddie Jones.

Jones is the daughter of the late Maryann Sundown of Scammon Bay. In her lifetime, Sundown may have been the most famous dancer in Alaska, and a true celebrity at the annual Cama'i Dance Festival. 


In this video we take another look at the 1984 documentary "Eyes of the Spirit" to share dance performances that incorporate the seal and owl masks. 

Sue Charles and John Active, who took part in both performances in the film, discuss the significance of dancing with masks.