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

BSAR volunteers Tom Martini and Jeff Evon were recognized for their heroism on April 5, 2018.
Courtesy of Perry Barr.

Mark Kasayulie just wanted his sons to see the fireworks. Last New Year's Eve, he and his wife piled their three young sons onto their sled and started weaving their way up the ice road towards Akiachak. Victoria Lomack, Kasayulie’s sister-in-law, was traveling with them.

After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
Dean Swope/KYUK

In a call with KYUK Friday afternoon, Orutsararmiut Native Council’s Executive Director, Ron Hoffman, confirmed that he has resigned from his position.

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.
KYUK Staff

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.

ONC started publicly advertising for a new executive director several weeks ago, but the organization will not confirm that their current director is leaving.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Update April 6, 2018: In an interview with KYUK, Executive Director Ron Hoffman confirmed that he has tendered his resignation. After years of public service, he plans to go back into retirement.

The Orutsararmiut Native Council is looking to hire a new Executive Director, but the organization won’t answer any questions about why, or even whether, their current director is leaving.

Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for Tununak resident Jazmin James.

After eleven years of service, Bethel Family Clinic Executive Director LaTesia Guinn resigned on March 26, 2018.
KYUK Staff

The executive director of Bethel Family Clinic abruptly resigned late last month. LaTesia Guinn stepped down on March 26 after serving as the clinic’s director for 11 years.

Gov. Walker pictured at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015. On April 2 2018, the Governor asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to dedicate $10 million to the state's ailing 911 system.

On Monday, Governor Walker asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to re-allocate $10 million towards the state’s ailing 911 system. The money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the Governor’s office said that this was more important. One in four Alaskans don’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents' ability to reach first responders for years.

AVCP's Chief Operating Officer, Liz Pederson, has decided to resign.
Courtesy of the Association of Village COuncil Presidents

There’s been a small shakeup in the Association of Village Council Presidents’ upper leadership. Liz Pederson, the nonprofit’s Chief Operating Officer, has resigned. Her last day of work will be April 11.

Bethel Regional High School's Assistant Principal, Doug Boyer, has been promoted to Site Administrator.
Dean Swope/KYUK

Bethel Regional High School officially has a new Site Administrator. After an arduous selection process, the Lower Kuskokwim School District picked Assistant Principal Doug Boyer for the job.

Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta travelers should proceed with caution as the springtime weather warms. According to Mark Leary, the Director of Development and Operations for the Native Village of Napaimute, this may be the last week of truck travel on the Kuskokwim ice road.