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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.

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The Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay has reopened its doors to in-person learning. Here to update us on how the first week went is principal Michael Robbins.


Bethany Kaiser, Emerie Fairbanks, and KYUK's Katie Basile discuss dog mushing, a year of pandemic lockdown, and friendship on and off the trail. This interview was recorded on Wednesday, March 10 while mushers Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl were resting at the Iditarod checkpoint in McGrath.


Erosion In Napakiak

Mar 12, 2021

Melting permafrost and erosion are impacting several Alaskan communities. In Napakiak, houses have had to be moved, and even the school is under threat. Joining Katie Basile for Coffee at KYUK this morning are three people leading the effort to deal with erosion in Napakiak.


Alex Nick spent the first several years of his life in the village of Ohogamiut on the Yukon River. When parents were forced to send their children to school, the community had to abandon the village. Listen to Nick share his memories of Ohogamiut and the community's devastating forced relocation.


Neva Mathias, 2019 Individual Artist Awardee
Courtesy of the Rasmuson Foundation

Laura Ellsworth and Neva Mathias talk about the Rasmuson Individual Artist Awards. Alaskan artists can now apply for an award at www.rasmuson.org. Bethel Council on the Arts is supporting Y-K Delta artists with their application process, and will host an informational workshop on Feb. 4. To learn more email lbellsworth@alaska.edu


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.


ADN archive 1978

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.

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