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

Courtesy of KYUK

KYUK’s Yup’ik Word of the Week is entering the digital age. Students from the Ayaprun Yup’ik Immersion School are helping to produce a series of colorful, animated videos that can be shared on social media, each of which explains the meaning of a different Yup’ik word.

Courtesy of the Alaska Geographic Field Institute, Katie Basile/KYUK

Two young adults from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have been selected to serve as youth ambassadors to the Arctic Council.

Over the next two years, Kate McWilliams and Ben Hunter-Francis II will attend high-level meetings around the world and discuss the Arctic’s changing ecosystem. For both McWilliams and Hunter-Francis II, the ambassadorship gives them a chance to focus on climate change and look for solutions.

Two Aniak residents were killed last Saturday when their snowmachine collided with a moose.

A Quinhagak man’s drunken, armed snowmachine ride through town caused the village to go into lockdown Friday morning. Curtis Pleasant, age 30, was arrested and scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon.

One night last December, D.K.’s husband started drinking. A few drinks in, he started to punch her.

Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Members of Bethel’s city government are meeting on Thursday night to discuss giving money to local community groups. They’re asking the public to weigh in on where that money should go.

Bethel Police Officer Martin Oulton is accused of repeatedly punching his girlfriend last week.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department.

A Bethel Police Officer charged with assaulting his girlfriend is taking time off from work.

Wednesday was the first day in the trial of Nathan Agwiak, age 32, who is accused of raping a woman in St. Mary’s in 2015.

The home of Edwina Andrew burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night. No one in the family was injured.
Courtesy of Nicole Tobeluk.

A house burned to the ground in Nunapitchuk last night, leaving a family homeless and in urgent need of winter clothes.

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

Accused heroin dealer William Aloysius is back in custody, this time on a drunk driving charge. The Bethel police arrested him last weekend.