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

The whale killed in the Kuskokwim River was butchered, and the meat and blubber distributed to people from up and down the river on Saturday, July 29, 2017. NOAA is still investigating the whale's death.
Katie Basile/KYUK

It’s been three weeks since a crew of hunters shot, harpooned, and killed a gray whale in the Kuskokwim River, and federal agencies are still investigating the incident.

Akiak residents confront Jacques Cooper, a former VPO who multiple community members claim sold alcohol and marijuana illegally. The confrontation was live streamed on Facebook.
Courtesy of Mike Williams.

Akiak residents are trying to banish a former Village Police Officer, Jacques Anthony Cooper. 

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Tuluksak seventh grade teacher who was sought on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

A seventh grade teacher in Tuluksak is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Warren Jones, the CEO of Qanirtuuq Inc., surveys Quinhagak's defunct processing plant.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the "Akutan," a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.

On Tuesday morning, the State Troopers responded to a shooting in Tuluksak. Joseph Hawk, age 43, was shot by a local homeowner and medevacked from the village.

No one is currently in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Jason Lupie pled not guilty to murder at the Bethel Courthouse yesterday.

The trial date has been set for Adam Williams, charged with killing an off-duty Village Police Officer in Napaskiak.

The man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Bethel woman has been brought into custody.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

A new court case argues that the way in which state juries are selected in Alaska discriminates against rural, Native communities. The case could significantly impact the Delta’s court system if it’s successful.