Teresa Cotsirilos


Teresa Cotsirilos reports on crime, criminal justice and public health in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos most recently reported for Oakland North, 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. Please send her news tips at

A Quinhagak man’s drunken, armed snowmachine ride through town caused the village to go into lockdown Friday morning. Curtis Pleasant, age 30, was arrested and scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Members of Bethel’s city government are meeting on Thursday night to discuss giving money to local community groups. They’re asking the public to weigh in on where that money should go.

Bethel Police Officer Martin Oulton is accused of repeatedly punching his girlfriend last week.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department.

A Bethel Police Officer charged with assaulting his girlfriend is taking time off from work.

Wednesday was the first day in the trial of Nathan Agwiak, age 32, who is accused of raping a woman in St. Mary’s in 2015.

The home of Edwina Andrew burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night. No one in the family was injured.
Courtesy of Nicole Tobeluk.

A house burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night, leaving a family homeless and in urgent need of winter clothes.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Accused heroin dealer William Aloysius is back in custody, this time on a drunk driving charge. The Bethel police arrested him last weekend.

Sandra Frye, age 26, was found injured outside of Bethel earlier this winter.
Courtesy of Facebook.

Homicide charges might be filed in the death of a Nunapitchuk woman.

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan recognized Tuntutuliak elder James Charles on the Senate floor last week.
Anna Rose MacArthur/KYUK

Last week, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska took the floor of the U.S. Senate to let his colleagues know about the accomplishments of James Charles, a Tuntutuliak elder and a tireless conservation advocate.

Tribal delegates signed a treaty to form the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government last August. Next week, Akiak will vote on whether to formally join the new governing body.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Akiak residents are heading to the polls next week, where they’ll decide whether their tribe should join the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government. They will be the first village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to do so.

The Bethel Warriors at last season's March Madness State Championships. The team narrowly lost to the Homer Mariners yesterday afternoon.
Greg Lincoln/Delta Discovery

The Bethel Warriors lost to the Homer Mariners yesterday afternoon.