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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

Bethel voters make their way to the polls despite a blizzard on Nov. 3, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Despite high winds and several inches of snow, Bethel voters made their way to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2020 election. 

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is leading an effort to create a regional tribal government. Due to the pandemic, the corporation has pushed back deadlines for getting tribal response to the proposal several times. The latest deadline is at the end of the year. Listen to this discussion with Willie Kasayulie from the Calista Board of Directors, and Robert Odawi Porter with the Capitol Hill Policy Group.

 

Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

KYUK won a national journalism award for a video honoring the legacy of a Yup’ik dance legend. KYUK received the 2020 National Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Video for Small Market Radio on Oct. 10 for the short film “The Legacy Of Maryann Sundown And Agnes Aguchak.” KYUK produced the video in collaboration with Alaska Public Media.

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.

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