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

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.

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

Before a man in a bloody Halloween mask walked up to the register, it was a bingo night like any other.

A young Pilot Station woman is accused of repeatedly stabbing another woman on Monday night.

Phase I of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center, Bethel's pool, opened in 2014. Now, residents are urging the city to prioritize Phase II of the proposed project.
Dean Swope/KYUK

At a Monday evening city committee meeting, Bethel residents urged the city to fund Phase II of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Fitness Center and prioritize building a community gym.

Last night, a man in a face mask walked into Bethel’s VFW Bingo hall, grabbed a fistful of money from the cash register, and ran out the door. The Bethel Police Department has yet to make an arrest.

State Troopers still have not found St. Mary’s resident Russell Cornelius, and they suspect that someone is helping him hide from law enforcement.

A man who has been repeatedly convicted of assault fled from State Troopers in St. Mary's last week and law enforcement still hasn't found him. Russell Cornelius, age 30, is accused of attacking his girlfriend with a machete and then chasing her through the village with a chainsaw.

Dawson Paukan, age 20, was stabbed to death last night in St. Mary’s.

Representative Zach Fansler
Geraldine Brink/KYUK

People in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta haven’t been talking much about SB 54, the crime bill working its way through the special session of the Alaska State Legislature, but House Representative Zach Fansler says that it’s time to start paying attention.

An alleged rape victim took the stand yesterday and testified against Tuntutuliak resident Charlie Steven, the man charged with attacking her last year. Steven, age 43, is accused of raping the alleged victim in his home when she had blacked out after drinking.