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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.

Ways to Connect

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With remote learning, parents have to play a bigger role, and it’s difficult because what and how students learn now is different from when their parents were going to school. JROTC Instructor Sgt. Calvetti is on a team at the Bethel Regional High School trying to help parents and students.

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KYUK Intern Tatyana Avugiak hosts Coffee @ KYUK from Chefornak with fellow interns Payton Chanarr and Ethan Lincoln of Toksook Bay. 

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Katie Basile hosts Bethel Winter House board members Jon Cochrane and Anny Cochrane on Coffee@KYUK. 


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Bethel’s Winter House, the place where the town’s homeless can come in out of the cold, will be a lot more than that in the future. Organizers are using CARES Act funding to open a year-round facility to provide the homeless more than a place to sleep and a hot meal.

Mertarvik , Alaska on July 14, 2020.
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Those who have moved to Mertarvik are making themselves at home.

Help is coming to the 538 Bethel businesses hurt in the pandemic in the form of $1 million in CARES Act funding from the city, but the businesses will have to act fast. Michelle DeWitt, the executive director of Bethel Community Services Foundation, the organization managing the funding in the form of grants, says that the deadline for applications is Aug. 10.

Bethel Community Services Foundation

The City of Bethel received $8.4 million in CARES Act Funding, and has allocated $1 million of that for Bethel-based businesses. That $1 million will be distributed through the newly announced Bethel Business Recovery Grant Program. 


Jon Cochrane

You may have seen the brightly colored signs around town reminding everyone to wash their hands and wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs were designed by Maria Nicolai, a self-taught artist who grew-up in Bethel and Kwethluk and uses drawing as a way to communicate and tell stories. KYUK's Katie Basile talked with Nicolai during her lunch break at Wells Fargo, where she is a lead bank teller.


Making A Medicine Bag In A Pandemic

Jul 6, 2020
Kasigluk artist Golga Oscar wears regalia he designed and created, including a seal skin medicine bag he made this spring while in quarantine.
Golga Oscar

An artist from Kasigluk has used his time during the pandemic to make a medicine bag.

Golga Oscar was attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the coronavirus pandemic forced him to come home to the village and finish his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree remotely. He also started making a sealskin medicine bag, among other works of art.

Artist Golga Oscar of Kasigluk wears regalia he designed and constructed, and holds a sealskin medicine bag he created during the coronavirus pandemic.
Golga Oscar

Golga Oscar is a photographer and designer from Kasigluk. He graduated from Akiuk Memorial School in 2016, and is now attending the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is less than a year away from earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. When the pandemic hit this spring, Oscar had to make the difficult decision to return home from Santa Fe and finish his semester online. But that hasn’t slowed down his prolific art making, which he talks about on Coffee@KYUK.


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