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

Julie Carter stands next to pictures of her son at his funeral feast. Michael Chris was shot outside of his home a year ago, and the police are still searching for his killer.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

In January 2017, Michael "Mike" Chris was shot in the head outside of his home. Law enforcement has been investigating his death for months, but the case has been tough from the beginning.

Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though she denies the allegations.
Katie Basile/KYUK

A week after his own coalition demanded his resignation, House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler stepped down on Friday morning. The freshman Democrat from Bethel is accused of assaulting a woman when she rejected his sexual advances, though he denies the allegations.

Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler submitted a letter of resignation to the House Legislature on February 2, 2018, six days after the Juneau Empire published allegations of him assaulting a woman in his h
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House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler's resignation becomes effective February 12.

Seraphim Evan and Stanley Morgan of Kalskag pose near a marked hole on the ice road.
Courtesy of Mark Leary

Update Thursday 4 p.m.: The Kuskokwim ice road is now plowed and marked from Bethel to Aniak.

Original story Wednesday: The ice road is smooth, well-marked, and ready to go from Bethel to just above Kalskag - though there are still twice as many holes as usual.

A Bethel jury found Nathan Agwiak not guilty of sexual assault on Tuesday. The case dates back three years to a party in St. Mary's, and revolved around consent.

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting. Fansler is accused of hitting a woman when she tried to leaveh is hotel room.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Representative Zach Fansler refuses to resign from the House, but his constituents are already planning to replace him.

Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman in his hotel room.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Bethel State Representative Zach Fansler did not appear to go to work on Monday. When he didn't attend the House floor session this morning, KTOO reporter Andrew Kitchenman stopped by the representative's Juneau office to see if he was there. The door was locked and the light was on inside, but no one answered when Kitchenman knocked. Over the past 48 hours, Fansler has been accused of assaulting a women in his hotel room, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon is demanding that he resign.


Representative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017. Fansler is accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman earlier this month.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Following assault allegations, Alaska House Majority Coalition Leader Bryce Edgmon is calling for Rep. Zach Fansler’s resignation. But Fansler isn’t planning to step down.

Rep. Zach Fansler is accused of assaulting a woman earlier this month when she denied his sexual advances.
Geraldine Brink/KYUK

Law enforcement is investigating State Representative Zach Fansler for assaulting a woman earlier this month. The Juneau Empire reports that Rep. Fansler slapped the woman in the face repeatedly, rupturing her eardrum, when she denied his sexual advances. He then tried to keep her from leaving his hotel room.

Grady Deaton (left) with the Kuskokwim Consortium Library, and Adrian Wagner (right) with 4-H Cooperative Extension have teamed up to train young people on how to preserve cultural histories by using the StoryCorps smartphone app in Bethel.
Dave Cannon

State regulators are meeting with the public in Anchorage tonight to discuss the permits for the proposed Donlin Gold Mine. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has released two draft permits that tackle one of the mine’s thorniest issues: how the company plans to dispose of chemicals like arsenic next to a river of subsistence fishermen.