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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. 

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.

Ellen Berkovitch

On Monday at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, community college educators, state legislators and New Mexico state officials gathered. They were there to hear about the first two years of federal funding for eleven New Mexico community colleges delivering certificates and basic skills training to students who didn’t finish high school. The programs prepares students to fill high paying healthcare jobs.

The Santa Fe Community College is the lead institution. Ellen Berkovitch was at the Capitol to learn more.

Ricardo Cate'

Standing Rock erupts in victory celebrations! So the headlines proclaimed yesterday after the Army Corps of Engineers announced it was denying the Dakota Access Pipeline an easement to route the pipeline under Lake Oahe (O-AH-EE) and portions of the Missouri River that provide the Standing Rock Sioux’s water supply.

The pipeline developers responded with an official statement of their intent to "complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting."

Ricardo Cate'

Edition One of our new weekly roundup of what’s happening in visual art, film and music in Santa Fe this weekend.

-The Song was "La Bajada" by Brian Hardgroove. "Surf by Southwest" will play this Saturday at Skylight Lounge in Santa Fe starting at 8 p.m.

-Anthony Hassett’s show "People Are Terrific" opens at PHIL Space tomorrow Friday, December 2 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. PHIL Space is at 1410 Second Street.

Sandra Fish is our colleague and the data journalist at New Mexico In Depth. She joins us most Thursdays to talk all things politics. Today is no exception.

In a statement released on Thanksgiving Day last Thursday, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico called on President Obama to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline. Senator Heinrich said that “the recent escalation against members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and those standing in solidarity with them is fundamentally wrong and must be condemned.”

Ellen Berkovitch spoke to the Senator by phone yesterday afternoon.

The Boston Globe has reported that 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have a mobile phone. Seventy-three percent of the teens have smartphones. And of that number, 24 percent say they go online “almost constantly.”

Robert Nott reported in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican that Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe is almost halfway through its first school-year policy of banning cell phone use at the school.

Our Children's Trust

Our Children’s Trust is an Oregon group that supports youth in bringing legal action in the courts and to state agencies to ensure a stable climate on their behalf of themselves and future generations.

In 2015 a group of 21 young people ranging in age from nine to 20 filed a climate lawsuit in federal court in the District of Oregon against the Obama administration. On November 10, 2016  U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs.

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