Ellen Lockyer

News Assistant

Ellen Lockyer has a long background in radio broadcast news. She arrived in Santa Fe in January of 2017 after a twenty -plus year career with Alaska Public Media.

She has covered a broad spectrum of stories as diverse as the economics of commercial gillnet fishing and the effects of space travel on the human eye.

She began her news career as editor/ reporter/photographer/layout artist of small, rural newspapers in Alaska, such as the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times.  She jumped to public radio in 1989, during the hectic days following the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Valdez, Alaska, when she went to work at KCHU-FM in Valdez.

Since then, Ellen’s reporting has taken her to Attu Island, the westernmost point of land in North America, and to Arctic Village, where she covered the efforts of the Gwich’in Athabascans to halt proposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildife Refuge.

Ellen is native of Long Island, New York.

From the cloud to the earth. Finally today we have an analog story about a tradition still flourishing in Cochiti Pueblo.  Drum-maker Arnold Herrera and his family are helping to preserve an ancient culture by keeping  the heart of the drum beating.  KSFR's Ellen Lockyer reports.


Ellen Lockyer on claims of mismanaged funds at the Navajo Housing Authority, after Sen. John McCain's office issued a report last week.



Ellen Lockyer

Last October, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a site near New Mexico’s eastern border was under consideration for the so-called Deep Borehole Field Test. That project would drill a hole three miles deep into the earth to explore the geology beneath and test the potential for future nuclear waste storage inside the borehole.

 Last Tuesday, a terse announcement from U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s (D-NM) Tucumcari field office sparked relief among many residents of a ranching community near the New Mexico–Texas border. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has the story.