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

LKSD Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Hankins and her daughter Lauren wave at teachers from Gladys Jung Elementary School as they drive by in the teacher parade on April 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On April 3, Gladys Jung Elementary School students stepped outside their homes to see their teachers honking, waving, and holding signs in a parade of teachers that followed the Bethel school bus route.

William Nsoesie, medical technologist for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, works in the hospital lab in Bethel, Alaska on March 19, 2020. YKHC staff plan to increase testing capabilities for COVID-19 as soon as more tests become available.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Katie Basile talks with Dr. Ellen Hodges and Mitchell Forbes from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation about testing and patient capacity.

Samples for COVID-19 testing are collected using a cotton swab like the one pictured here from the lab at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is working to add faster testing capacity for COVID-19. Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges says that the Bethel hospital is waiting for a part that will modify a screening machine to do the testing.

KYUK interns with multimedia staff in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK Interns Kaylee King and Tatyana Avugiak chat with KYUK's Katie Basile about how their lives have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Elizabeth Bates runs through protocol with a YKHC employee at the COVID-19 drive-thru test site on March 25, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

People in Bethel are preparing for the arrival of COVID-19 because the region’s isolation will not protect them.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Hospitals nationwide lack enough face masks to protect their healthcare workers from the coronavirus. Thankfully, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation doesn’t have that problem yet. No cases of the virus have been diagnosed in the region. To remain ahead of the curve, YKHC is distributing kits for community members to assemble masks.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Drive-through virus testing arrives in Bethel on Wednesday, March 25. The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is setting up COVID-19 testing in the parking lot next to the old hospital from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. People will still have to have an appointment in order to be tested

Homework packets are assembled in Ava Ernst's third grade classroom at Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel, Alaska on March 18, 2020. Schools across Alaska are closed following a state mandate put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Schools all across Alaska, including those in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, have been shuttered due to COVID-19 until at least March 30. District Superintendent Dan Walker expects the closures to last beyond that, and has been trying to plan accordingly.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Pete Kaiser has won the 41st running of the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. For the fifth time in six years, the Bethel local was crowned champion of what is called the toughest mid-distance mushing race in the world.


Thirteen mushers began the 2020 Akiak Dash with a mass start on the frozen Kuskokwim River in Bethel. The sprint race ran upriver to the halfway checkpoint of Akiak before turning downriver to finish in Bethel. Mushers competed for $30,000 in prize money and the title of the fastest team on the Kuskokwim.