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

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. 

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.

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.