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.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. In this episode of Peacetalk, TWC's Annie Mae Lee discusses the hows, the whys, and how to spot the signs of teen dating violence.

On this episode of Peacetalk, which originally aired on Wednesday, Jan. 27, TWC's Annie Mae Lee is joined by Nicholai Joekay and Charlotte Gruber to discuss the new year, resolutions, and sticking to living a healthier, substance-free lifestyle. 

It's important to get out and get moving, even when the temperature dips below zero. In this episode, we speak to Stacey Reardon from the Y-K Fitness Center, YKHC therapist Charlotte Gruber, and community members to discuss the importance of physical activity, the science behind getting our hearts pumping, and ideas for getting outside.

This week, Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., CEO and President of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA), spoke with us about Alzheimer's awareness and resources, and the upcoming 2021 National Educating America Tour.


Elyssa Loughlin

At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 16 mushers started out on the trail of the 2021 Kuskokwim 300. In order to adhere to COVID-19 precautions, this year's K300 began with a mass start rather than the traditional staggered start of years past. 

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In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, mushers raced across the finish line of the Bogus Creek 150 Sled Dog Race. Unlike years past, the 2021 Bogus was held on a separate weekend from the K300 and Akiak Dash, which allowed more local mushers to compete. 


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.