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

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John Active was a revered Yup’ik storyteller, translator, and KYUK-radio host. At his 40-day feast on Friday, the people who loved him took a moment to remember him as a friend. At least 100 community members filed into Bethel’s ONC building on Friday to eat akutaq, commemorate John’s life, and say goodbye.

The first thing that Judge Eugene Landlord does is listen. He watches his clients’ body language. There’s a certain look in their eyes that he tries to keep track of. If they seem depressed or at risk of harming themselves, he gives them his phone number.

Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos visited the Lulu Herron Elders Home on July 11, 2018.
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Professional football players embarked on a whirlwind tour of Bethel on Wednesday. Seattle Seahawks offensive linemen Joey Hunt and Jordan Roos were in town for a grand total of nine hours and got a crash course in Yup'ik culture.

The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel was charged with Medicaid fraud in June 2018.
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The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel has been charged with Medicaid fraud.

Infighting at the Calista Corporation has devolved into multiple lawsuits.
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The Calista Native Regional Corporation’s annual meeting was a lot more contentious than usual on Friday. Shareholders voted to maintain the corporation’s current leadership, but they also had a series of angry, pointed questions for its CEO.

Calista shareholders voted in a tense annual meeting on July 6, 2018.
Thom Leonard Courtesy of the Calista Corporation.

The ongoing power struggle within Calista’s upper leadership reached a stalemate on Friday night. After hours of public comment at a particularly tense annual meeting, shareholders opted to maintain the Calista Regional Native Corporation’s current balance of power.

Calista shareholders attended the corporation's annual meeting on June 6, 2018.
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As shareholders arrived at Bethel’s high school gym on Friday afternoon, they said that they had some tough questions for their corporation’s leadership.

The Calista Corporation's annual shareholders' meeting will be held at Bethel Regional High School on June 6, 2018.
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The Calista Regional Native Corporation is hosting its annual meeting on Friday. After months of name-calling and political infighting, shareholders will file into Bethel’s high school gym and decide who should lead their corporation. They couldn't be voting at a more pivotal time.

Tiffany Phillips filed a lawsuit against the Calista Corporation and CEO Andrew Guy on July 3, 2018.
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The Calista Regional Native Corporation is now involved in a second court case as its annual meeting approaches on Friday. Last month, the corporation sued its own former Board Chairman and requested an injunction to silence him. The judge dismissed that motion, but the lawsuit is still alive. Now, someone has sued Calista.

The Calista Corporation launched a public relations campaign after part of its lawsuit against Colonel Wayne Don was dismissed in court.
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The Calista Corporation wasn’t able to silence former chairman Wayne Don with a lawsuit, so it’s launched a public relations campaign instead.