Ellen Lockyer


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.

More than 300 workers at the Hanford nuclear facility in Washington may have been exposed to airborne radioactive contamination. That in a leak at Hanford on June 8th. Ellen Lockyer speaks to Greg Mello for more on that—and an alarming new proposal potentially bringing more radioactive waste to New Mexico.


Ellen Lockyer speaks with Earth Justice about the endangered gray wolf rulings. David D'Arcy contributes a movie review on Logan Lucky, Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a long absence.



Guests include RSVP Senior Corps, services for seniors in New Mexico. Plus: An Indian Market artist, and a film review.

Ellen Lockyer reports on Shoulder2ShoulderSantaFe's action on the Santa Fe Plaza on Wednesday night ahead of the Santa Fe City Council meeting, as well as Forest Service deadlines and news about Sabinoso wilderness in the first half of Friday's show.

Ellen Lockyer looks at New Mexico's atomic history through two pivotal events that occurred on July 16: the Trinity nuclear bomb test in 1945, and the Church Rock uranium mine spill in 1979.

In part 1, Ellen interviews Susan Gordon of the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, as well as Teresita Kiana, a Church Rock community member, about the uranium spill.

The US government wants to crack down on the sale of fraudulent Native American artwork. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a field hearing in Santa Fe on Friday [July 7] with the aim of putting more teeth into the Indian Arts and Crafts Act [IACA].  KSFR reporter Ellen Lockyer has more.



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.