Ellen Berkovitch

Special Projects Lead

Berkovitch leads the Special Projects Reporting team of herself, Hannah Colton and Rita Daniels, reporting "Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocse of Santa Fe." She was KSFR News Director from August 2016 to September 2017. 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.

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.

Santa Fe Police Chief Patrick Gallagher joined me for a conversation about the 19 vacancies on the Santa Fe Police Force, as well as the crimes that have been in the news in Santa Fe.


Today's show features Ed Romero of Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority; Alexandra Ladd of the City of Santa Fe's Office of Affordable Housing; and Cyndi Conn who is Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe whose Siler Yards: Art + Creativity Center will go back and try to get LIHTC funding in the competitive round in 2018, after not being award the tax-credit funding this year.


But first today. I’m pleased to welcome John Haussdoerfer to the show. He is a Professort of Environmental Sustainability and Philosophy at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison where he also directs the Center for Environment and Sustainability. He is also a fellow of the Center for Humans and Nature. And he is co-editor of a new book published by University of Chicago Press.

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.