Elyssa Loughlin

Wellness Programming Producer

Elle is a first year Jesuit Volunteer and the Wellness Programming Producer at KYUK. Originally from North Jersey, Elle is a recent graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she studied communication with a concentration in mass media as well as biology. She is excited to serve with KYUK this year and to tell the stories of the people of the Y-K delta.


In a conversation recorded on Friday, Jan. 15, State Epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin, YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges, and Bethel Public Health Nurse Tammy Kaboord discussed COVID-19 updates, including vaccine distribution and efficacy. If you have any questions about anything discussed during this episode, contact the Wellness Producer at

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It was a cold Thursday morning when Erin Newkirk and Larry “Toby” Tobias decided to finally tie the knot after 12 years together. Together with three guests, a pastor, and 12 dogs, they set out into the tundra for the ceremony.

Surviving COVID-19

Jan 6, 2021

In October, Esther Green was diagnosed with COVID-19. She was medevaced to Anchorage in November, and was finally able to return to Bethel in December. In this episode, the Elder discusses her story of contracting, battling, and recovering from COVID-19 with co-host Diane McEachern.

Today, TWC's Annie Mae Lee and educator Sharon Chakuchin discuss the manifestation of trauma in children. They also discuss the resilience that young children in the region display in the face of turbulent, traumatic situations. 

Six students graduated last week from the University of Alaska's nursing program housed at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus. Completing a nursing program during a pandemic posed both challenges and opportunities. Ruby Anvil said that she had to go through quarantine as a student, just like regular health care workers.

Ruby Anvil

This year has been full of challenges for many, but for Bethel resident Ruby Anvil, it has also been a year of accomplishments. Anvil talks with us about completing her nursing degree through UAA at the UAF Kuskokwim campus while being a full-time single mother, working, and surviving a pandemic. 

This week, Annie Mae Lee and Carey Atchak discuss the dynamics of domestic violence, how to hold perpetrators accountable, and what bystanders can do to help victims of domestic violcence.