S. Grady Deaton

Live Content Producer

Grady is from all over Born in New Orleans, raised in Brownsville, Texas, and hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. Here are his words...

I come to you from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where I was raised.  I have two daughters there and they are one very big reason I still call Texas home.  There in Brownsville, I steward a small Unitarian Universalist congregation to which I have made a lifelong commitment.  I organized several grass roots efforts there as I have a deep calling to organizing and community building there and everywhere I may roam.<br> 

In Massachusetts, I taught technology at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, managed a Boston Housing computer lab, and maintained a small list of computer consulting clients.  I also did seasonal work on occasion at Mahoney's Garden Center in Brighton so I could support my gardening habit and could be found at several community gardens in town. I volunteered with Veteran's for Peace and served on the executive committee as board secretary. I worked, on occasion, at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry as an administrative volunteer.  I chaperoned urban youth on farm tours with, served meals at the Friday Night Supper Club in Boston, and  tutored GED and ESL students in the Charlestown Community Adult Education Center.  I attended Arlington Street Church downtown, and as an active congregant, I taught Sunday school in the children's religious education program.  

Here in Bethel I am just as busy.  I came here to be a part of the ongoing Best in the West small business competition and hope to help form a small business networking group or "virtual incubator".  I host a monthly music night called "Bethel LIVE!" I am active as a patron and mc for Bethel Council on the Arts.  I serve on the Citizen Action Grants Committee as my civic engagement at the municipal level. You can find me running children's programs as the Children and Family Services Assistant at the Kuskokwim Consortium Library. 

Most exciting to me is my engagement with the technology and programing here at KYUK.

  You will see me walking my German Shorthaired Pointer, Atfalati.  Other than that I'm probably hiding away reading a book, binge watching a series on Netflix, or playing computer games.

Courtesy of AVCP

As the pandemic progresses, the regional nonprofit Association of Village Council Presidents, or AVCP, is doing the best it can to meet needs in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. AVCP Benefits Division Director Katheryn Nenneman outlined a series of programs available to help.

A fleet of Cessna 207 airplanes owned by Ravn Air Group sits grounded on the tarmac after the airline announced that they were cutting 90 percent of their service on April 2, 2020. They later filed for bankruptcy.
Katie Basile / KYUK

COVID-19 has disrupted air travel in Alaska, and one of the largest airlines serving the bush has abruptly grounded all of its planes. A state task force was called together to look at what to do after Ravn Air Group declared bankruptcy and stopped flying.

Registered Nurse Avelina Chung 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

The first person in Bethel to test positive for the coronavirus is self-isolating at home, and likely contracted the virus while traveling. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the Bethel Food Bank delivers its monthly box of commodity foods. 


Bill Howell on his last day as Bethel's Acting City Manager. April 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Greg Kim talks with Bill Howell on his last day as Bethel's Acting City Manager.

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.

Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson at a meeting addressing erosion issues on August 9, 2019. Larson says that the COVID-19 outbreak may slow down progress the village has made in mitigating erosion impacts.
Katie Basile / KYUK

KYUK's Anna Rose MacArthur talks with Napakiak city council member Walter Nelson about village travel mandates, social distancing, and what the COVID-19 pandemic could mean for erosion mitigation projects moving forward.

St. Mary's, Alaska
Courtesy of Walton Smith

KYUK News Director Anna Rose MacArthur and St. Mary's City Manager Walton Smith talked about enforcing travel restrictions and practicing social distancing in order to protect rural communities.  

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. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

City Attorney Libby Bakalar and Acting City Manager Bill Howell talk with KYUK's Krysti Shallenberger about how the City of Bethel is handling the COVID-19 emergency.