Greg Kim

News Reporter

Greg Kim is a news reporter for KYUK. In his past life, he worked as a software engineer in Seattle, WA. He visited Bethel in 2019 for the Kuskokwim 300, and decided he wanted to tell the stories of the people in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Homework packets were available for parents to pick up at Gladys Jung Elementary School on March 18, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

This fall, social distancing at the Lower Kuskokwim School District will mean fewer students at a time in school buildings, and there will be new ways of staying connected while students learn from home.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The first of two lawsuits against the Lower Kuskokwim School District for its role in alleged sexual abuse of minors is scheduled for trial in the fall of 2021.

A COVID-19 test sample is collected from the drive-thru test site run by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation on April 14, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation was notified on June 25 that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19 while at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. YKHC said that the individual has been out of the region for over a week, and was not in Bethel while they were considered infectious. The individual is self-isolating in Anchorage; contact tracing and follow-up testing will be managed there as well. This marks the 12th case of COVID-19 related to the region announced by YKHC.

Liann Walgenbach

On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that there is a strong likelihood that there is “community spread” of COVID-19 in the village of Napaskiak. This is after a second individual that was in the village tested positive for coronavirus.

This transmission electron microscope image shows the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The virus was isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Indications of community spread of the novel coronavirus are occurring for the first time in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that it “believes there is a strong likelihood of community spread” of COVID-19 occurring in Napaskiak. Tribal and city leaders have implemented shelter-in-place and mask wearing to slow the spread of the virus in the village. KYUK talks with YKHC Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges about this news.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Wednesday, June 24, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that a Bethel resident tested positive for COVID-19. YKHC said that the individual is in self-isolation now, but had previously traveled to a regional village while they were infectious.

The City of Bethel's finance department has lost 14 employees over the course of as many months, with the most recent loss being former Finance Director Christine Blake who left on May 22.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Friday, June 19 was supposed to be payday for City of Bethel employees, but no one received their checks. Miscommunication in the finance department resulted in the city’s employees receiving their paychecks three days late, on June 22. In response, at the regular meeting on June 23, the city council directed the administration to bring in outside help.  

Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan at a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel on May 17, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On June 20, Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan, age 50, died in Bethel after sustaining life-threatening-injuries at his home. Investigators have concluded that Evan’s death was “non-criminal in nature.” According to an update by troopers, Evan died from apparent self-inflicted injuries.