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

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on March 13, 2018.

Bethel community leaders met to discuss growing concerns about the 2020 federal census on Tuesday. The results of the census determine the distribution of massive amounts of federal funding, and if Alaskans aren’t counted properly, they won’t get their fair share.

Pete Kaiser finished fifth in the Iditarod on March 14, 2018.
Courtesy of Nick Hawk.

Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom won the Iditarod at 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Ulsom crossed the finish line in Nome with eight dogs after nine days and 12 hours on the trail. Then came Nicholas Petit and last year's champion, Mitch Seavey. The top two were followed by three teams who have been running close together along the coast of Norton Sound: Ray Redington Jr., and the "Delta Team" of Pete Kaiser and Richie Diehl. Both Yukon-Kuskokwim mushers finished in the Iditarod’s top 10.

The Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the four officers who drew their guns in the first Trooper-involved shooting of 2018. The shootout happened last week in the small village of Pilot Station, when a domestic assault devolved into a tense standoff with law enforcement and ended with the suspect’s death.

Bruce "Gotor" Morgan, age 24, was shot and killed in his truck during an attempted mass shooting in August 2017.
Courtesy of Audrey Leary.

Gun ownership is an integral part of our identity and economy in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But that doesn’t mean that gun crimes don’t happen.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017.
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Updated Friday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Inspired by the Napaskiak Tribal Council, the village of Marshall issued its own resolution Friday afternoon. Tribal council members urged Governor Walker to declare a state of emergency in their community, too.

Tiffany Zulkosky was sworn in as House District 38's state representative on March 9, 2018.
Courtesy of Michelle Sparck.

House District 38’s new state representative was sworn in at the State House on Friday. Tiffany Zulkosky moved to Juneau on Wednesday afternoon and is ready to get to work.

Napaskiak Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams in July, 2017. She says that Bethel's liquor store has led to an increase in alcohol-related deaths.
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Napaskiak asked Governor Bill Walker to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, following an increase in alcohol-related deaths in the village. According to tribal council members, Bethel's liquor store has disrupted village life so badly that it requires state and federal intervention.

Alissa Nadine Rogers will represent the Y-K Delta in this year's Mrs. Alaska pageant.
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Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta residents should keep an eye on the Mrs. Alaska United States pageant this year. In April, Bethel’s very own Alissa Nadine Rogers will represent her community and compete against women throughout the state. She hopes to use the pageant to advocate for a new resource management center in Bethel, where people from the region can come together to reconcile longstanding conflicts over wealth, land and resources.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for an Emmonak resident who allegedly strangled his girlfriend on Saturday.

Tununak needs more law enforcement. But first, it needs somewhere to put them.