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Teresa Cotsirilos

Reporter

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 teresa@kyuk.org.

People in the Western Alaska community of Mountain Village are struggling to recover after a brutal homicide involving teenagers last week.

Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is trying to get rid of its former chairman, and it’s not entirely clear why.


For most of 2018, Chefornak has had a problem. The village relies on barges to deliver some goods and supplies like most of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, but the Chefornak jetty hasn’t been accessible for months. A generous federal tribal grant might go a long way toward fixing that problem.

Colonel Wayne Don of Mekoryuk was publicly censured by Calista's Board of Directors on April 24, 2018.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Regional Native Corporation’s Board of Directors has voted to publicly censure one of its own after he refused to resign his post.

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

A Bethel jury decided in favor of Phillip Morris yesterday in a major lawsuit against the tobacco company. It's unclear whether the case of Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA is finally over, or headed to yet another round.

Moses Andrew, age 27, was reported missing on April 25, 2018.
Courtesy of Christine Cole.

Update April 26, 20183:30pm: Moses Andrew has been reported found.

Janet Andrew hasn’t heard from her son in five days, and she’s asking Bethel residents to help her find him.

Dean Swope/KYUK

A major trial involving the tobacco industry went into closing arguments in Bethel on Tuesday.

An abandoned Bureau of Indian Affairs building on the outskirts of Bethel caught fire on April 15, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

An abandoned Bureau of Indian Affairs school building on the outskirts of Bethel caught fire Sunday morning and could burn for a long time.


An abandoned Bureau of Indian Affairs building caught fire on April 15, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

An abandoned Bureau of Indian Affairs school building on the outskirts of Bethel caught fire on Sunday. As of 4:30 p.m., the site is still burning.

Former State Representative Zach Fansler resigned last February following assault allegations.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Alaska’s Office of Special Prosecutions is still reviewing possible charges against former State Representative Zach Fansler and may have an update in the next few weeks.

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