Christine Trudeau


Christine Trudeau is a public radio reporter covering government and education for KYUK, serving the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta based in Bethel. She is a 2018-19 Investigative Fellow with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. A citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously Trudeau has interned with NPR’s Diversity Department, NPR member station KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and published work for NPR, National Native News, and Yes Magazine. In 2014, Trudeau received a National Native Media Award from Native American Journalists Association for Best Student Radio Feature Story. In 2017, Trudeau won multiple awards from the Alaska Press Club for her coverage of Bethel and its surrounding communities.

Update: Troopers report there is no foul play suspected in Phillips death.


Law enforcement is investigating a death in Chuathbaluk, where Flora Phillips, 26, of Anchorage, died in her sleep. The first report that State Troopers based in Aniak received was that CPR was being attempted. Then they were notified that she was dead.  Her body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy in Anchorage. More details are not yet available.


This week, Bethel City Council approved a contract for dredging and restoring the sewage lagoon. City Attorney Patty Burley supported its passage, citing numerous hold ups due to the federal approval needed for each and every change. If the funds are not used this year, the grant for the project would expire by 2018.

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  With funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing voucher demonstration project, AVCP Regional Housing Authority has enough money to pay for housing for 20 homeless military veterans. Now the job is finding vets in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta interested in housing that is completely paid for by the program.



Courtesy of Emily Poole

Last month, Kotlik school teacher Emily Poole started a Gofundme campaign when three of her students qualified for the Statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bee in Anchorage.


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Ambulance fees in Bethel will not go up after a proposed increase was defeated Tuesday night on a three to one vote by Bethel City Council with only four of the seven members present. 

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Twelve area businesses have received startup funds from the Bethel Cultural Center's annual Best in the West competition.

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A sewage leak discovered in Bethel last Friday has been repaired and cleaned up. The leak was located in a building off Ridgecrest Drive which houses Alba’s Coffee Shop and Subway. The building's owner, Shpetim Dema, says that the leak was due to an equipment malfunction of their lift station pump, which connects to the city’s main sewage line.

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Bethel Schools' Archery Team earned first place in the state in both the elementary and middle school divisions. Students now have their sights set on the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky this May.

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Bethel Regional High School (BRHS) wants to prepare all high school students to have the same job opportunities. A new state-funded program will match students with disabilities with local businesses for summer jobs.

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Search and Rescue volunteers have found both travelers who were overdue on a 90 mile snowmachining trip from Kasigluk to Toksook Bay. The two men had been missing since Sunday night.