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Ellen Berkovitch

News Director

Berkovitch joined KSFR as News Director in August 2016. In spring 2017 she was awarded the Large Market Radio Excellence in Journalism prize from the New Mexico Association of Broadcasters for continuing coverage. The four-part series, Vulnerable Adults, was produced and hosted by Ellen Berkovitch, with one-part being contributed by News contributor Derrick Toledo.

Berkovitch has been a 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 fakes.  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. She has contributed stories to KSFR News, 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. 

Santa Fe Opera premiered The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on July 22nd.

 

The exhibition, Tom Joyce: Everything At Hand, opens at CCA Santa Fe on July 28 and runs through December 31, 2017. Stuart Ashman returned to Santa Fe to take the ED job at CCA Santa Fe last August, and describes his first big show, and the new life for the contemporary arts center and Cinematheque.

 

 

Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget includes a $6 billion budget cut for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 75 percent of HUD's budget goes to rent assistance for America's most needy. I caught up with Hank Hughes, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, for more.

 

 

First today we go to a breaking news story about a letter that New Mexico AG Hector Balderas co-authored —  and sent last week to US Education Secretary Betsy De Vos last week. The subject of the letter: Campus sexual assault which national estimates say affects between 20 and 23 percent of college women . De Vos has said she intends to roll back protections.

 

This week begins the annual celebrations around Traditional Spanish Market to be held July 29-30. David Setford is the ED of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts and brings us the story of what's going on in northern New Mexico, and what visitors can see at the museum if the weather gets too hot outside.

 

Tony McCarty has been ED of Kitchen Angels for the past 24 years. Martha Romero is a board member. They joined me to talk over Kitchen Angels' 25th anniversary, and the rigors and rewards of delivering 170 meals a day to homebound adults in Santa Fe.

 

We reached Mayor Gonzales to talk about the upcoming U.S. Conference of Mayors, the announcement of the inaugural Verde Fund recipients, the aftermath of the soda tax vote, and the proposed infrastructure improvements to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.

 

Yvonne Boudreaux of Prairie Dog Pals joins me to talk over the keystone species that is the prairie dog.

 

Dr. Wheeler is a professor of pathology, obsetrics and gynecology at UNM School of Medicine. Her research has been involved with HPV and the development of HPV vaccine for the past 30 years. She updates us.

 

I had the pleasure last week of welcoming photographer Steve Reisch to our studio. He shot more than 3000 black and white photographs during a theater production of three short plays in Los Angeles in 1981. That production found film director John Cassavetes  turning his film auteur’s hand to the  stage. Reisch’s images include Cassavetes and actors Angelina Jolie, John Voight, Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes and Peter Falk.

 

Last Friday afternoon in Santa Fe, First Judicial District Court judge Sarah Singleton ruled on a Confidentiality and Protective Order — a CPO for short — that  the Archdiocese of Santa Fe was seeking to govern discovery proceedings in a lawsuit brought against it by seven John Doe plaintiffs last December. The suit by the plaintiffs names the Archdiocese and Our Lady of Sorrows church in Las Vegas. The suit alleges that Monsignor Hubert Lomme who was a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows sexually abused the seven pre-teen boys from 1959 to 1964.

It’s Science Monday and today we rerun a piece I produced last year for Women’s Focus, with my guest -- Stanford University neurobiologist Jennifer Raymond -- on the subject of Unconscious Bias and how it affects the distribution of women working professionally in the sciences.

 

 

Ellen Berkovitch got Senator Martin Heinrich's (D-NM) take on the President's intent to withdraw from the Paris Accord.

 The Senator, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, also discussed the anticipated testimony of former FBI Director James Comey concerning the ongoing probe into Russian activity during the 2016 election. 

Comey will testify tomorrow beginning at 8 am MDT; KSFR will air the hearing live during the 8 o'clock hour.

Science Monday today features a topic dealing in the germophobe culture we live in and that has given our consumer choices ever more injurious products — measured by their effects on their environment. Last Tuesday, though, the NRDC won a legal challenge to an anti-microbial pesticide’s having been fast tracked through an EPA approval process. I spoke to Jennifer Sass late last week.

 

Today, June 5th, is the 50th anniversary of the Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Raid. This date remains forever linked with the land grant movement in northern New Mexico and with the charismatic activist, revolutionary, and evangelist for the restoration of land rights to Chicano peoples of Northern New Mexico: Reies Lopez Tijerina.

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