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

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.

Toby Monroe and Shanna Mendenhall fight a fire at an abandoned apartment building in an area of Bethel known as Tundra Way on Oct. 5, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Bethel Fire Department is battling a fire at a tall, unoccupied building known locally as the Old Swanson’s Apartment building. Firefighters and city utilities employees pooled resources and water to contain the fire on Oct. 5, 2020.

Katie Basile / KYUK

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.

Elyssa Loughlin

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

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

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

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

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.
Katie Basile / KYUK

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.