Ellen Berkovitch

News Director

Berkovitch has been a professional journalist, digital journalism entrepreneur, reporter, editor and radio producer over a career spanning three decades. She received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1987. Before and after attending Medill, Berkovitch worked for Fairchild Publications (Capital Cities/ ABC) in New York City as a reporter and editor, and was promoted to editor-in-chief of a fashion trade magazine. At Medill, she reported as a stringer for Rapid City Journal (SD) and Dow Jones on beats including energy and the environment, Indian affairs and the U.S. Congress.

After relocating to New Mexico in 1993, she spent seven years as a freelance art critic for Albuquerque Journal North, and then became a staff writer at Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo from 1999-2001.

In 2000, Berkovitch won an Associated Press investigative journalism award for her series on art dealer Gerald Peters’ sale of paintings attributed to Georgia O’Keeffe that experts later determined were not authentic. She spent the next decade contributing to national publications including Artforum, Art&Auction, Art and Antiques, The New York Times, Los Angeles Weekly and other newspapers and magazines. She was editor-in-chief of Santa Fe Trend from 2007 to 2009.

In 2009, inspired by the digital revolution in journalism, Berkovitch became a journalism entrepreneur, founding the online art magazine of AdobeAirstream.com now in its eighth year of publication.

In 2010 Berkovitch began podcasting, and in 2011 studied documentary radio production at Duke Center for Documentary Studies online. In the past several years as a freelance radio producer, she has served as a talk-show substitute host during the morning drive-time hour at KSFR. She has contributed stories to KSFR News, Women’s Focus on KUNM, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “The Current.”

In 2015, Berkovitch won seven New Mexico and two national journalism prizes for AdobeAirstream.com and honorable mention for excellence in communications. The AdobeAirstream podcast won best podcast from the National Federation of Press Women, and  AdobeAirstream.com took second place for general website excellence in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies competition.

In June 2016, Berkovitch’s essay on Michelle Obama’s commencement speech at the Santa Fe Indian School was published on the home page of The Atlantic magazine’s website. 

What's Up, lawmakers?


We open with some breaking news out of South Texas concerning an 84-year-old  former priest who was once employed by the Santa Fe Archdiocese after being treated at a New Mexico center for pedophile priests.

Our feature story today follows the second class of a seven-session training for prospective New Mexico women political candidates through Emerge New Mexico — part of a national movement called Emerge america. Last week Hillary Clinton’s new political group, Onward Together, announced that it chose Emerge America as one of the first five beneficiary organizations as that group works to support the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Sen. Martin Heinrich sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee. I spoke to him Friday afternoon for his wrap of the rapid fire news cycle in and out of Washington DC last week and during the last 14 days since Sally Yates testified to Congress on May 8th and Pres. Trump fired FBI director James Comey May 9th. He also spoke about renewable energy jobs in New Mexico.

Dr. Lera Boroditsky is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California–San Diego and editor-in-chief of the journal Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. Her focus is the study of linguistic relativity, the concept that speakers of different languages experience reality in different ways.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the New Mexico School for the Deaf's James A. Little Theater, Dr. Boroditsky will be speaking on "How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think," part of the School for Advanced Research’s public lecture series "Crossing Global Frontiers."

Homewise runs the Sol fund, which lends homeowners money to retrofit rooftop solar installations on their houses. It has received a multimillion dollar grant for downpayment assistance. And it develops affordable housing in Santa Fe. Mark Vanderlinden, Chief Lending Officer, joins me to talk it over.


Customarily, the Santa Fe Opera releases its seasonal schedules over a year in advance, and that's what they did in a press conference Tuesday.

Director Charles McKay named the five Operas that will see performance starting June 29, 2018: Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, R. Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Bernstein's Candide, and Adams's Dr. Atomic

KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch and Dylan Syverson attended the press event.

The executive director of Assistance Dogs of the West joins us to talk about the 2017 graduation ceremony happening Tuesday, May 16th, and the many programs that ADW now operates to train dogs in service to one person, or to many people.


As Santa Fe citizens prepare to vote on Mayor Gonzales's proposed tax on sugary beverage distributors, we bring you two discussions KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch recently conducted with members of the local political action committees involved in the special election.

First, Ellen spoke with Danila Chrestin-Zidovsky of Pre-K for Santa Fe, which supports the tax:

Ellen also discussed the proposed tax with Tate Mruz and Loveless Johnson III, who represent Smart Progress New Mexico and oppose the measure:

The social cost of carbon. The methane rule. How has the new executive of the United States changed the work of Western Environmental Law Center? We talk it over.


The Tribeca Film Festival began April 19th. Film critic David D'Arcy has the story on the documentaries, and a little bit about the celebrities.



Courtesy of Jenni Monet

“Water protectors are everywhere.” Those words came this morning from Jenni Monet. Jenni Monet is a journalist from Laguna Pueblo who has been reporting on the water protectors protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in Cannonball, ND since last September. I reached Jenni Monet this morning by telephone for breaking news and an update on her arrest of February 1st.

Jenni Monet said that the ND officials and the National Guard accelerating the protectors’ camp  evacuations intend to  moved 50 industrial dumpsters out of the main camps a day starting today.

Ellen Berkovitch

Last Friday January 20th President Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. His inauguration address was the 58th inaugural by a President. Many media venues called it uniquely dark toned in the history of US inaugurations. The Washington Post published a list of words used in President Trump’s speech and in no previous inaugural. The words include:  carnage, disrepair, rusted, stealing, ripped, tombstones, trapped. Here is Deborah Begel's report:

As New Mexico prepares for what many of us hope will be snow, we tune to AdobeAirstream Radio—our Thursday arts segment—for the pleasures of TV. Tara Walch won a Rocky Mountain Emmy award for a segment of "Colores!" that was dedicated to Pueblo Bonito. The show will air this Saturday, January 7 at 4 p.m. on New Mexico PBS.

Nellika Little has over 18 years of international work experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. She has worked in Afghanistan and in Turkey on programming for Syria. She grew up in Afghanistan. She has also worked in Mongolia, Kosovo, and South Sudan on international development and humanitarian projects. She and Ellen Berkovitch discuss both the promises and the pitfalls of social media as a tool for activism inside a context in which many international conflicts have lasted a long time, and require the public to not only have opinions, but to be deeply informed.