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

Alaska filmmaker Anna Hoover and composer Phillip "Ossie" Kairaiuak won the GCI-Walter Kaitz Fellowship last week.
Courtesy of GCI.

Last week, GCI awarded a fellowship to two Alaska Native artists in collaboration with the Walter Kaitz Foundation. One of those artists grew up here in Chefornak.

Daniel Nick, age 25, is accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend until she blacked out.
Courtesy of State Trooper Nicholas Hayes.

Daniel Nick was arrested in Kwethluk earlier today. The 25-year-old is accused of brutally strangling his pregnant girlfriend, who survived the alleged attack. He was incarcerated at Bethel’s Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center (YKCC) awaiting trial, but escaped custody last week.

The generators at Bethel's power plant. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative still doesn't know the cause of last night's power outage.
Courtesy of Lenny Welch.

Bethel, Oscarville, and Napakiak went dark for 10 to 20 minutes last night, and the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is still not sure what caused the outage.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta might go through another warm spell early next week.
Courtesy of Eric Halloway and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Travelers and ice fishermen need to be careful early next week. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will experience another warm spell. They predict that temperatures will rise significantly above freezing for several days.

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

Last year, Bethel resident Garrett Walters was charged with sexually assaulting a family member. A jury found him to be innocent of all charges on Tuesday evening.

In Sleetmute, community members are still dragging the Kuskokwim River for Christopher Gregory, a young man in his 20s who drowned near the village on Friday.

Daniel Nick, age 25, is accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend until she blacked out.
Courtesy of State Trooper Nicholas Hayes.

Five days ago, a man accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend escaped from custody and hasn’t been seen since. According to Trooper Nicholas Hayes he is considered “extremely violent and very dangerous.”

Last Sunday, State Troopers arrested an Emmonak resident for strangling his girlfriend.

Shana Silcott and Tom McCallson spent six weeks in St. Croix and Puerto Rico, helping wherever they could.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Last fall, Caribbean island communities were devastated by three of the strongest hurricanes in recorded history. The storms’ 100-mile-per-hour winds crushed buildings and flooded streets. Thousands of people in the region are still homeless, and two Bethel residents decided to do whatever they could to help.

This article was updated with further reporting on December 12, 2017

Kipnuk resident Nace Paul was convicted of sexual assault last night, although the jury did not find him guilty of all charges.