Teresa Cotsirilos


Teresa Cotsirilos reported on crime, criminal justice, and public health for KYUK from 2017 to 2018.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos  reported for Oakland North before joining KYUK, 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.

Last spring, a team of intrepid fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Last spring, an intrepid team of fifth graders at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact that climate change could have on their communities. With a little help from KYUK, a group of gumshoe reporters from Erin Arno’s fifth grade class interviewed an Elder and a Western-trained scientist about the changes they had observed.

The Calista Corporation did not invite four of its own board members to a private meeting on August 17, 2018.
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Last Friday, the Calista Regional Native Corporation held a private meeting in Bethel to discuss an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the company. The corporation invited a range of Bethel corporate and tribal organizations to discuss the case with them, but might have excluded four of its own board members.

This article was updated with further reporting on August 20, 2018

A boat collision on the Kuskokwim River early Saturday morning left one Bethel resident dead and several others seriously injured.

The village of Napakiak received $449,000 in federal funding on Thursday that could help them respond to the “imminent threat” of climate change. 

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The Federal Subsistence Board has opened an emergency moose season, but only for Tuluksak. The moose opener begins on Saturday, August 18, and ends on August 31. 

Cars backed up to the Bethel Cultural Center on Wednesday morning.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Wednesday was the first day of school for many Bethel students. And it was the first day for the Lower Kuskokwim School District to put its plans to get kids to school into effect after it cut ties with longtime bus contractor, Golden Eagle Unlimited.  

On August 14, 2018, Bethel's City Council spent most of a short meeting discussing the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council spent most of a short meeting discussing the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center, how much it costs, and who pays what.

According to the Foraker Group, almost 50 percent of Bethel residents work in the nonprofit sector.
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Non-profits aren’t usually considered big money makers, but they play a pivotal role in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s economy. In a series of meetings last week, Bethel non-profits explored how they could leverage that economic power to empower the communities they advocate for.

Sam and Tina Chung stand in front of Casa, the late-night delivery restaurant they've operated for over a decade.
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The Alaska Cab Company is under new leadership, and its new owners know what it takes to work long hours and nights. Sam and Tina Chung own Casa, Bethel’s only late-night delivery joint. Their foray into the transportation business is just the latest of the couple’s entrepreneurial business moves in town.

For the time being, the Lower Kuskokwim School District does not have enough school buses to transport its Bethel students.
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School starts in Bethel on Wednesday, and some parents still are not entirely sure how their children are getting there. After parting ways with a long-time contractor, the Lower Kuskokwim School District doesn’t have nearly enough school buses for the city’s students. Administrators are scrambling to find transportation for them, and they’re proposing that many children take taxis to school instead.