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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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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.


Katie Basile

Listen to Newtok Village Council President George Carl, and Treasurer Katherine Charles talk about some of the infrastructure challenges they are facing in the new village of Mertarvik, including the lack of a commercial airstrip and limited access to groceries. This is part two of an interview recorded on June 11, 2020. 


Newtok, Alaska on October 12, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

For years now, the village of Newtok has experienced rapid erosion and melting permafrost due to climate change; the community is relocating to the new village of Mertarvik. Newtok Village Council President George Carl, and Treasurer Katherine Charles discuss delays to the relocation project due to COVID-19, and what the first school year at Mertarvik was like.


A Poem For Juneteenth

Jun 22, 2020
Alice Rose Crow-Maar'aq

June 19 commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865. Listen to this poem by Alice Rose Crow - Maar'aq in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.


Bethel Elder Esther Green reflects on past pandemics, and lessons learned through stories passed down in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Green stands outside her home during the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

As Alaska continues to reopen, health officials urge people to follow the guidelines aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. But many of the practices to control infectious disease already have a long history in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. 


Children orphaned by the flu epidemic at Pawik (Naknek), Alaska in 1919.
NAU.PH.568.4362: Northern Arizona University, Cline Library [Emery Kolb Collection]

The merciless force of a pandemic is nothing new to Southwest Alaska. Many people in the region have grown up with stories of the 1918 flu epidemic killing whole villages. KYUK’s Julia Jimmie heard those tales from her mother and aunt, who heard them from their parents, some of whom were there when death came to visit.


Protesters gather in Bethel to support the Black Lives Matter movement on June 2, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Cecilia "Cece" Franko joins KYUK Host Grady Deaton to talk about the Black Lives Matter protest in Bethel on June 2, 2020. Franko is one of the protest organizers.


Alaska Public Health Nurses Donna Bean and Evelina Achee
Courtesy of Donna Bean

Many of us are asking questions about the duration of the pandemic and our efforts to practice social distancing. When will this be over? When can we resume our normal daily activities?

In an attempt to answer these questions, The New York Times recently published the findings from a survey of 511 infectious disease specialists asking when they personally expect to resume 20 activities of daily life ranging from getting a haircut to attending a concert or sporting event.

Here to talk about why these questions are so hard to answer is Alaska Public Health Nurse Donna Bean. 


Courtesy of Dr. Al Gross

As of the June 1 filing deadline, there are five people running for the seat currently held by Dan Sullivan in the U.S. Senate, including Sullivan himself. On the phone and joining us for Coffee@KYUK is Dr. Al Gross. He is an Independent candidate who has been endorsed by the Alaska Democratic Party.

Gross grew up in the state, the son of the state attorney general under former governor Jay Hammond. He has been a commercial fisherman, a doctor, and now he’s running for one of Alaska’s U.S. Senate seats.


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