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

Jason Lupie pled not guilty to murder at the Bethel Courthouse yesterday.

The trial date has been set for Adam Williams, charged with killing an off-duty Village Police Officer in Napaskiak.

The man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bethel woman has been brought into custody.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.

Scott Ignatius Agathluk has been found not guilty of assault in the fourth degree.

A wood bison makes its way through the tundra.
Credit Alaska Department of Fish and Game

After over 20 years of hard work, a dogged crew of wildlife managers has successfully reintroduced wood bison to the tundra of Southwest Alaska. Now, they’ve received an award for it. This week, the state Fish and Game department announced that the Wood Bison Reintroduction Team received a special achievement award for its work from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Brandon J. Paul.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are looking for Brandon J. Paul, age 25, who is accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bethel woman at a fish camp across the river from town.

Babies in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are hospitalized for pneumonia 10 times more often than in other parts of the United States. Now, tribal health organizations are partnering with the Alaska Native Medical Center to tackle the problem.

Last Friday in Unalakleet, an Alaska State Trooper received a series of text messages from a local man who was trying to buy alcohol illegally and was initially unaware that he was soliciting alcohol from a law enforcement officer. While the investigation is ongoing, the man appears to have contacted the Trooper by mistake.

Troopers say that they have identified the person and have forwarded charges to prosecutors for review.

Campers participate in ANSEP's Mars Lander Challenge.
Courtesy of NIkkie Vioto.

Last Friday, teenagers from Bethel, Chevak, St. Mary’s, and other rural Alaskan communities spent the day designing a spacecraft to Mars.