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

Bennett Joseph, age 29, has been missing since Thursday morning.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department.

Nunapitchuk resident Bennett Joseph is missing, and the State Troopers are asking the public for help finding him.

Two weeks ago, a woman fatally overdosed on heroin in the home of William “Billy” Aloysius, age 33. Law enforcement has been looking for Aloysius ever since.

Yesterday was the first day in the trial of Nace Paul, a Kipnuk resident accused of sexual assault.

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

Last Tuesday, Tuntutuliak resident Charlie Steven, age 43, was convicted of raping his cousin when she had blacked out after a night of drinking.

Last week, a group of Bethel college students found hundreds of dead blackfish at the bottom of one of Dull Lake’s tributaries. Both residents and experts suspected they were killed by pollution, but according to the state Fish and Game Department, there might be a different explanation.

Alaska State Troopers arrested an Emmonak man yesterday for allegedly going after another resident with an ax.

Jacques Peter Smart and other KuC students found hundreds of dead blackfish in one of Arthur Dull Lake's many tributaries.
Courtesy of Jacques Peter Smart.

Last Monday, Jacques Peter Smart walked through the snow to a creek in downtown Bethel, a shallow tributary from Arthur Dull Lake that runs aboveground between Sixth and Seventh Avenue. Hundreds of dead fish were curled together at the bottom of the rust-colored creek bed, each small enough to fit in your hand.

State Troopers arrested Russell Cornelius in St. Mary’s on Friday after looking for him for almost three weeks.

A man in a Halloween mask stole nearly $3,000 from Bethel's VFW Bingo Hall on November 14, 2017.
Katie Basile / KYUK

A few hours ago, the Bethel Police Department arrested Tyler Walker, age 24, for stealing nearly $3,000 from Bethel’s VFW bingo hall. Walker is accused of grabbing fistfuls of money from the hall’s cash drawer while wearing a Halloween mask, and then running away.

In "Hope Quilt," an art installation that toured Bethel last month, Alaskan artist Carmel Anderson displays anonymous stories from abuse survivors throughout the state. Alaska's sexual assault rates are high, and Alaska Native females are more likely to b
Courtesy of Carmel Anderson.

Alaska has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the country, and Alaska Native females are more likely to be attacked than anyone else. That’s according to the Department of Public Safety, which quietly released a report on Alaskan sex crimes last month.