Teresa Cotsirilos


Teresa Cotsirilos reported on crime, criminal justice, and public health for KYUK from 2017 to 2018.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos  reported for Oakland North before joining KYUK, where she covered Black Lives Matter and the Oakland Police Department. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Nation and other publications.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Cotsirilos sold eyepatches and other pirate supplies in San Francisco, wrote for a travel guide in Jerusalem and taught sexual education in rural Namibia.

Entrepreneur Tiffany Phillips is suing the Calista Corporation in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit.
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The Calista Regional Native Corporation has denied any wrongdoing in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the company.

Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers discuss their work at the Mountain Village police station. On September 14, 2018, Bill interviewed Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan about the state's support for rura
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Last week, KYUK ran a four-part series on the experiences of Anna Bill, a former village police officer in Mountain Village who reluctantly quit her job after helping to save dozens of lives. While her community supported her, Anna still responded to calls without adequate equipment or reinforcements. So last Friday, she sat down with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and asked him what the state could do support officers like her. This interview was moderated by KYUK's Teresa Cotsirilos and has been condensed for time.

Update 11:45 p.m. Sept. 17, 2018: One body has been recovered and the search continues for a second person involved in a presumed boat accident on the Kuskokwim River last week.

Search and rescue volunteers are dragging the river on the south end of the island across from Bethel, hoping to recover the body of 28-year-old Stacey Hoagland of Akiak. Hoagland is missing and is believed to have been involved in a recent boat accident.

Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers enjoy a quiet moment between calls in June, 2018.
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In June 2018, KYUK flew to Mountain Village to meet with former Village Police Officer Anna Bill. We followed Anna as she helped save her neighbors from suicide attempts, navigated a frustrating health care system, and coped with personal tragedies of her own. Like many Village and Tribal Police Officers, Anna performed a difficult job with no training, inadequate equipment, and little financial support. This series explores those challenges.

Former Mountain Village Police Officer Anna Bill and her son, Ramond Landlord.
Courtesy of Anna Bill.

Anna Bill became a cop in Mountain Village because she felt that God wanted her to help her neighbors.

Elementary school students pose for an unruly group photo at Mountain Village's Walk of Hope on June 16, 2018.
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Mountain Village Police Officer Anna Bill thought about quitting her job many times; her community kept her going.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, Alaska. The organization's goal is to provide holistic mental health care to a remote region the size of Oregon, and that involves a myriad of challenges.
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A little after midnight at Mountain Village’s police station, Village Police Officer Anna Bill walks into a back room with a thick stack of papers. She’s holding a pile of Title 47s, a form that law enforcement uses to place involuntary holds on people who pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

"This is just from the last couple months," Anna says. She thumps the papers down on the table in front of her. "And it's a whole stack."

Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers chat between calls in Mountain Village.
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It's Friday night in Mountain Village, and Village Police Officer Anna Bill is trying to stay awake. "It’s only just starting," she says, then groans. "I'm on one hour of sleep."

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, AK.
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Alaska State Troopers arrested an alleged child sex offender in Bethel on Thursday following a year-long cyber investigation.

Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed mine.
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Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed gold mine. Now, it has the permits to do so.