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.

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.

Scott Wilber is the ED of New Mexico Land Conservancy. He joins me in the studio to talk about the Land Conservancy's 15th anniversary and the work of conservation easements and collaboration with ranchers and farmers in NM.


KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch talks with Hank Hughes of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness about their work, as well as the silent benefit auction of artsy birdhouses they'll hold this weekend (Sunday, June 4, 3 pm–5 pm).

Barbara Sommer

Natasha Santa Fe is a gallery in the Railyard that opened late last year, though the proprietor, Natasha Nargis, has been here since the mid-70s.

Nargis was a driving force behind Santa Fe's storied past of fashion shows, including Trashique. (Bet you didn't know it, but Santa Fe used to be a place where fashionistas did without the cowboy boots and instead looked to packing tape and black plastic for inspiration.) KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch chatted with Nargis earlier this week.

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.


Santa Fe Opera Unveils 2018 Season

May 12, 2017

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: