Katie Basile

Multimedia Producer/Director

Katie Basile is a photographer and multimedia storyteller from Bethel, Alaska. 

After graduating with a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Montana, Katie lived in Prague and interned with Spectrum Pictures. Eventually she settled in Brooklyn, New York where she lived and worked for six-years.

Katie recently returned home to Bethel, Alaska where she continues to focus on documentary work and explores multimedia storytelling with rural Alaskan youth.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of Bev Hoffman

The 27th Annual Cookie Extravaganza is this Sunday, Dec. 20. Katie Basile talks with Y-K Delta Lifesavers Bev Hoffman and Kathy Baldwin about how the extravaganza will be run in order to accommodate social distancing this year. Hoffman and Baldwin also share some thoughts and words of wisdom on celebrating the holidays safely during the pandemic.

Katie Basile / KYUK

People in Bethel will begin receiving the region’s first doses of the coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 17. The initial doses will go to residents and workers of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s Home, and to health care workers who treat people who might have the virus. Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Bethel on Dec. 16. KYUK was at the Bethel airport, waiting with the passengers preparing to get on board, as the night jet arrived with one of the shipments.

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Alaska lost former first lady Bella Hammond on February 29, 2020. Hammond is remembered as a gatherer, commercial fisherwoman, activist, and Yup'ik leader who made a good life on Lake Clark. Listen to these poems written in dedication to first lady Bella Hammond by Kuskokwim poet Alice Rose Crow-Maar'aq and artist Chuna McIntyre, both read by Crow.

Courtesy of Bev Hoffman

Bev Hoffman and John McDonald joined Bethel Council on the Arts for an hour of storytelling on Nov. 4, 2020.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Attempts to create a regional tribal government for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta appear to be picking up steam. The Calista regional corporation, working with consultants, now has a process in place for each of the 56 tribes in the region to signal their intent to vote on the creation of a regional government.

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Despite high winds and several inches of snow, Bethel voters made their way to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2020 election. 

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is leading an effort to create a regional tribal government. Due to the pandemic, the corporation has pushed back deadlines for getting tribal response to the proposal several times. The latest deadline is at the end of the year. Listen to this discussion with Willie Kasayulie from the Calista Board of Directors, and Robert Odawi Porter with the Capitol Hill Policy Group.


Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

KYUK won a national journalism award for a video honoring the legacy of a Yup’ik dance legend. KYUK received the 2020 National Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Video for Small Market Radio on Oct. 10 for the short film “The Legacy Of Maryann Sundown And Agnes Aguchak.” KYUK produced the video in collaboration with Alaska Public Media.

Nelson Island Area School

Toksook Bay is listening to its own radio station, 91.9 FM, because the principal at the Nelson Island School put a low-power radio station on the air. Principal Michael Robbins said that the idea for the radio station developed into a community-wide service when one of the students had a tardiness problem and asked for help getting to school on time. 

Michael Robbins / LKSD

Toksook Bay Principal Michael Robbins talks about how the community is using their low-power radio station to stay informed and connected throughout the pandemic.