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. 

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.

Questions of ethics didn't just dominate the national headlines this week. For Politics Thursday, Sandra Fish and Ellen Berkovitch how way ethics will play out in the upcoming NM legislative session.

Project ECHO

"The Last Mile of Health Care." That’s a phrase that Dr. Sanjeev Arora applies to this fact: Across the United States only 10 percent of physicians practice medicine in rural settings.

Dr. Arora founded Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico in 2003. As we first reported here at KSFR News last summer, ECHO is now an international health care model that is set for a nationwide expansion.

Today is Politics Thursday with Sandra Fish, data journalist for New Mexico In Depth. She and Ellen Berkovitch preview what’s been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session, where the sky’s the limit for new bills. But the budget deficit also remains sky-high at a projected $600 million.

Yesterday the Taos News reported that the Embudo Valley Library needs support to retain its current level of services such as the services that Lucia Duncan reported on in her October story “It Takes a Library.” Ellen Berkovitch reached Embudo Valley Library director Felicity Fonseca this morning for more on the situation there.

New Mexico investigative journalist Peter St. Cyr is well known in Santa Fe for his bylines in the Santa Fe Reporter and his multiple awards for reporting. He has a new job as Executive Director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government . "NM FOG" is an organization dedicated to easing the public’s legal right to inspect public records and shining the sun on the workings of government – public government -- at all levels.

Congressman Ben Ray Luján called in to KSFR this morning for a conversation about a bill that he sponsored and that passed the House of Representatives last week. The legislation has secured $1 billion in federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic in New Mexico and around the country.

AdobeAirstream Radio is back with our edition for today. In Music we have a segment about the Moroccan band AZA. In visual art we have a segment about Earl Stroh the Taos Modernist.

-The band AZA will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow December 15th. That will be at Gig Performance Space at 1808 Second Street in Santa Fe.

The band on Saturday goes to the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque also at 7:30.

Last week in Santa Fe the Santa Fe Council on International Relations convened a panel about the international aid sector. One of the participants in An Empathic Globe: The Future of International Aid was Kate Schechter who is president and CEO of World Neighbors. Ellen Berkovitch talked to Kate Schecter in KSFR Studios.

Last week brought the news the Albuquerque Police Department is under federal investigation. The allegation is that they edited or deleted video footage of fatal shootings by officers.

KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch interviewed Attorney General Hector Balderas yesterday about his office’s work to improve procedures for the prosecution of police officers involved in shooting cases in New Mexico.

Late last week President-elect Donald Trump named Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. The New York Times described the Republican Mr. Pruitt as a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama’s climate change policies and believer that climate change is a hoax

We reached Erik Schlenker-Goodrich Executive Director of the Western Environmental Law Center for a reaction.

Jo Whaley

AdobeAirstream Radio’s Arts Thursday edition for today, December 8. This is our weekly roundup of what’s happening in visual art, film and music in Santa Fe this weekend.

-Krzystof Kieslowski’s "Dekalog" opens Saturday at CCA Cinematheque.

-The new "Alcoves" show opens Sunday at New Mexico Museum of Art and runs through January 29th.