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.


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.