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

Earlier this month, the village of Marshall pushed Governor Walker to issue an emergency declaration in their community due to the region's lack of public safety. For most of the past two decades, Marshall has been without police. Now residents are working out ways to defend their community on their own.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation urged residents with botulism symptoms to seek medical attention.
Dean Swope/KYUK

An adult from Bethel might have contracted botulism from a "Native Salad" that they bought at the Cama-i Dance Festival last weekend. While the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation suspects that this is a botulism case, the diagnosis is still unconfirmed.

The Piniiq Dancers, a troupe founded by BRHS' wrestling team, performed at the Cama-i Dance Festival for the first time on March 17, 2018.
Aleina Tanabe/KYUK

Students from throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta danced at the Cama-i Dance Festival last weekend, including Bethel Regional High School’s very own wrestling team. They call themselves the Piniiq Dancers, and performing at Cama-i was one of their longtime goals.

Ruth Evon speaks at a Listening Session at Bethel Regional High School on March 17, 2017. The meeting was organized by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky in response to resolutions issued by Napaskiak and Marshall.
Courtesy of Claire Richardson.

Elena Williams shook slightly as she spoke. She’s from Napaskiak; her son is in jail, her family is struggling. If someone hadn’t given her son alcohol, she said, none of this would’ve happened.

Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for Cama-i.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for the Cama-i Festival this weekend, and she’s bringing staffers from the governor’s office with her. The group will discuss alcohol’s impact on Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages at a "Listening Session" on Saturday evening.

Mike Williams Jr. finished the 2018 Iditarod on March 15, 2018.
Courtesy of Nick Hawk.

Mike Williams Jr. finished 25th in the Iditarod on Thursday. The Akiak musher passed under the burled arch in Nome at around 6:45 p.m.

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on March 13, 2018.

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on Tuesday. The results of the census determine the distribution of massive amounts of federal funding, and if Alaskans aren’t counted properly, they won’t get their fair share.

Pete Kaiser finished fifth in the Iditarod on March 14, 2018.
Courtesy of Nick Hawk.

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom won the Iditarod at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ulsom crossed the finish line in Nome with eight dogs after nine days and 12 hours on the trail. Then came Nicholas Petit and last year's champion, Mitch Seavey. The top two were followed by three teams who have been running close together along the coast of Norton Sound: Ray Redington Jr., and the "Delta Team" of Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl. Both Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers finished in the Iditarod’s top 10.

The Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the four officers who drew their guns in the first Trooper-involved shooting of 2018. The shootout happened last week in the small village of Pilot Station, when a domestic assault devolved into a tense standoff with law enforcement and ended with the suspect’s death.

Bruce "Gotor" Morgan, age 24, was shot and killed in his truck during an attempted mass shooting in August 2017.
Courtesy of Audrey Leary.

Gun ownership is an integral part of our identity and economy in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But that doesn’t mean that gun crimes don’t happen.