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. 

In this new regular Thursday segment, Sandra Fish and Ellen Berkovitch discuss whether Gary Johnson will play spoiler in the presidential election. And spoiler to which side?

In this new regular Thursday segment, Sandra Fish and Ellen Berkovitch discuss whether Gary Johnson will play spoiler in the presidential election. And spoiler to which side?

The copper rule adopted in 2013 is one of the best known of Ryan Flynn's regulation legacies at the New Mexico Environment Department. Now New Mexico's highest court will review the controversial guidelines on September 28th. Ellen Berkovitch talked yesterday with Bill Olson, former groundwater quality bureau chief of the New Mexico Environment Department turned citizen activist opposing the copper rule in court.

Jim Obergefell was the lead plaintiff in the landmark case for marriage equality that passed the Supreme Court in June 2015. His recent book, Love Wins, chronicles his marriage to his longtime partner, John Arthur, and the events that led Obergefell to become a civil rights activist working on behalf of LBGTQ equality across the US.

Jim Obergefell appeared in Santa Fe at a August 9th  benefit for Equality New Mexico and the Envision Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Through our Solutions Journalism Network initiative, we bring you this report on forest health in New Mexico. Specifically, on the ways that a US Forest Service-funded program has brought about healthier partnerships in service of healthier forests. Ellen Berkovitch has the story.


It’s the time of year when many Santa Feans celebrate the coming of summer. Yet summer is also the time of often-catastrophic wildfires. 

As we investigate solutions to local problems, Ellen Berkovich interviews David Old, a Santa Fe businessman who has been turning damaged timber into a business through an initiative called the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program.  


Uranium mine operator Rio Grande Resources, recently proposed to re-open the Mt. Taylor Mine in the village of San Mateo near Mt. Taylor.  That Mountain is sacred to 30 Indian tribes and enjoys Traditional Cultural Property Status in the state of New Mexico. At a recent New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division hearing which we reported on here at KSFR, tribal governments were well represented. Today KSFR Reporter Ellen Berkovitch looks more in depth at some of the responses of those tribes to the possibility of the mine reopening.

The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division held a public hearing in Grants last week … the subject before the panel: a petition by uranium mine operator Rio Grande Resources to re-open Mt. Taylor Mine. KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch traveled to the hearing and prepared this report.

It has been nearly three decades since active uranium mining was abandoned near the Red Water Pond Rd. community on Navajo Nation. Last October community members from Red Water Pond Road joined with about half a dozen other community groups from U.S. towns and cities to present testimony on the impacts of polluted groundwater on their health and safety. The Inter American Commission on Human Rights, which is part of the Organization of American States, held this right to water hearing following a request that this coalition of groups had made to be heard in July 2015.

A new fence on the border between the U-S and Mexico is going up today. As KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch reports, the fence is a temporary one--and a contemporary one.

Making public schools better for Santa Fe’s children is a subject very much on the table this week, as we hear in this report from KSFR’s Ellen Berkovitch.