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Teresa Cotsirilos

Reporter

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 teresa@kyuk.org.

CEO Andrew Guy says that he was unaware that George Owletuck had sexually harassed anyone until October 2017.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation's CEO decided to take his case directly to the public this week. Accompanied by a board member, a public relations expert, and an attorney, he sat down with KYUK to tell his side of the corporation's power struggle, which has split the corporation’s Board of Directors and devolved into name-calling and litigation.


Part of the Calista Corporation lawsuit against its former chairman was dismissed on June 4, 2018.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

Calista Corporation board member Wayne Don won a significant victory in court on Monday. After deliberating for several hours, Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi threw out part of the Calista Corporation’s lawsuit against Don, denying an injunction that would have kept Don quiet before the upcoming board elections.

The Calista Corporation's headquarters in Anchorage. Calista CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don both plan to testify at a hearing on June 4, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation’s ongoing power struggle is coming to a head on Monday in an Anchorage courtroom. CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don are facing off, and both intend to take the stand. 

Former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler will plead guilty to one count of harassment.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Almost six months after he was accused of slapping a woman in his hotel room, former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler is pleading guilty, though not to assault.

Former Calista executive George Owletuck poses with Calista CEO Andrew Guy after a hunting trip in September 2017. This picture was posted to Facebook four days after a woman told Guy that Owletuck sexually harassed her.
Courtesy of Facebook.

An internal power struggle at the Calista Corporation centers on the handling of a personnel matter and whether it was dealt with properly, or whether it’s being used as a tool in an attempt to take over the corporation. The dispute is working its way through the courts now. The court filings do not disclose the identities of those at the center of the incident, but it is now clear which Calista corporate executive was fired in the wake of alleged sexual harassment.


Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017. In a recent filing, Don's attorneys describe the lawsuit against him as frivolous.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

Attorneys representing Wayne Don and Sam Fortier responded to the Calista Corporation's lawsuit on Tuesday. In responses filed with the court, they characterized it as a “frivolous gambit to suppress the truth.”


Calista has filed a confidential report under seal in their ongoing lawsuit against the corporation's former chairman, Wayne Don.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation is trying to keep a confidential report that might contain game-changing information about CEO Andrew Guy and a former Calista employee out of the public’s hands. 

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

You can’t buy alcohol from a store in Bethel today, and it’s not clear when you might be able to again.


The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, effectively shutting down Bethel’s only operating liquor store.
Geraldine Brink/KYUK

AC Quickstop's liquor store will not be open Wednesday morning. In a game-changing and emotional decision, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, which effectively shut down Bethel’s only operating liquor store. The Board’s decision will go into effect immediately.

A Village Police Officer has been arrested in Mountain Village for tampering with evidence in a high-stakes murder case. John Hunter, age 22, is accused of stealing a cellphone from the victim’s body at the crime scene. The alleged theft could complicate a particularly brutal homicide case, which involves two teenagers and a robbery gone wrong.


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