Teresa Cotsirilos


Teresa Cotsirilos reports on crime, criminal justice and public health in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos most recently reported for Oakland North, where she covered Black Lives Matter and the Oakland Police Department. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Nation and other publications.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Cotsirilos sold eyepatches and other pirate supplies in San Francisco, wrote for a travel guide in Jerusalem and taught sexual education in rural Namibia. Please send her news tips at

Alaska State Troopers shot a St. Mary’s man last week after an alleged domestic violence incident spiraled out of control.

Bethel resident Beverly Hoffman is one of a handful of community members educating the community about Stand For Salmon.
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A controversial ballot initiative that would strengthen protections for salmon habitat will be on the ballot this November. 

Bill Ferguson exits a voting booth at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, one of two available precincts in Bethel, Alaska on November 8, 2016.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Alaska’s state primary elections are coming up and if you plan to vote by absentee ballot, you need to move fast.

A Kwethluk man is accused of severely hurting his teenage daughter last Friday by dragging her behind his ATV. The case raises larger questions about child abuse in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and what residents can do to prevent it.

IHS Acting Director Michael Weahee will tour YKHC's hospital expansion project on August 7, 2018.
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The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is showing off its ambitious hospital expansion on Tuesday. Rear Admiral Michael Weahkee, the Acting Director of the Indian Health Service, is flying to Bethel to tour the Paul John Calricaraq construction site. Several other members of IHS’ top leadership will also join the tour. 

The state of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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There’s a new judge in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and he’s one of the youngest in Alaska’s history.

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John Active was a revered Yup’ik storyteller, translator, and KYUK-radio host. At his 40-day feast on Friday, the people who loved him took a moment to remember him as a friend. At least 100 community members filed into Bethel’s ONC building on Friday to eat akutaq, commemorate John’s life, and say goodbye.

The first thing that Judge Eugene Landlord does is listen. He watches his clients’ body language. There’s a certain look in their eyes that he tries to keep track of. If they seem depressed or at risk of harming themselves, he gives them his phone number.

Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos visited the Lulu Herron Elders Home on July 11, 2018.
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Professional football players embarked on a whirlwind tour of Bethel on Wednesday. Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos were in town for a grand total of nine hours and got a crash course in Yup'ik culture.

The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel was charged with Medicaid fraud in June 2018.
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The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel has been charged with Medicaid fraud.