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Olivia Ebertz

News Reporter

Olivia is a News Reporter for KYUK. Before coming to Bethel, she worked in film in New York City. Her documentary films have screened at festivals worldwide. In 2020 she was an artist-in-residence in Petrozavodsk, Russia. She speaks English, Norwegian, Italian, Spanish, and Russian with decreasing fluency in that order. 

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

KYUK is running a series of profiles on Bethel City Council candidates ahead of the Oct. 5 election. There are six candidates running for four open seats, and each seat is for a two-year term. KYUK municipal reporter Olivia Ebertz spoke to candidate Jess Schroeder about her priorities for the city. 


Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

KYUK is running a series of profiles on Bethel City Council candidates ahead of the Oct. 5 election. There are six candidates running for four open seats. Each seat is for a two-year term. KYUK municipal reporter Olivia Ebertz spoke to candidate Eric Whitney about his priorities for the city. 

  

Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

On Sept. 21, KYUK hosted its annual Bethel City Council candidates forum. It was a chance for the candidates to present their priorities and respond to questions important to Bethel ahead of the Oct. 5 election. The hot button issue during the forum was Bethel's police force. 

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

On Sept. 21, the City of Bethel held a second educational session for unvaccinated city employees to learn about the COVID-19 vaccine. With the mandate's deadline on the horizon, the unvaccinated minority are starting to decide whether they’ll quit, get fired, or get vaccinated. 

  

City of Bethel

City of Bethel employees have a week to either get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose or get fired. Most city employees are already vaccinated; less than 15% are not. Part of the unvaccinated minority is demanding more time and more education to learn about the vaccine. 

  


Bethel Police Department

The City of Bethel could soon lose nearly half its police force following a new vaccine mandate. The mandate, announced on Sept. 13, gives city employees two weeks to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The mandate takes effect September 27. 

  

Olivia Ebertz / KYUK

During the Sept. 14 Bethel City Council meeting, several city employees spoke against the city’s new mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for city workers, and dozens of their colleagues showed up to support them. 

  


Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

The City of Bethel has mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all city workers. All Bethel city employees, consultants, contractors, and volunteers must receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 27. City administrators announced the new policy on Sept. 13 in an email to city workers.

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