Ellen Berkovitch

Berkovitch led 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.

For this feature story that wraps up their 2017 coverage, Ellen Berkovitch and Hannah Colton travel to Gallup. In 2013 the Diocese of Gallup was facing an onslaught of survivor lawsuits stemming from sexual abuses by priests and Franciscan friars. It responded by declaring bankruptcy. That made Gallup the 11th of now 18 dioceses and religious orders in the US to head to bankruptcy court since 2004. It took more than three years for the proceedings to conclude. One of the longest running cases — in one of the poorest dioceses of the United States Catholic Church.

Hannah Colton

 In October an Albuquerque judge ordered the public disclosure of a trove of documents concerning pedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. While many accused priests are long dead, these documents brought to light information about a few former priests who still live in the communities where they abused. For our Dark Canyon series, Hannah Colton produced this documentary piece about a Las Vegas perpetrator and the Church leadership that protected him from consequences.

For the second feature-length installment of our series, our reporters go to Northern New Mexico where Catholicism has been a central part of life for centuries, since the Spanish conquest of New Mexico. The list of 74 credibly accused priests, brothers and deacons released by the Archbishop last month names more than a dozen priests who served the parishes in the Taos area.


The Archdiocese of Santa Fe last week shocked the state by releasing -- for the first time -- a list of 74 names of priests, deacons and brothers that it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

In a statement, Archbishop John Wester said he hopes the publication of the list will help victims and their communities to heal, and help rebuild trust in the Church.

The Executive Director and the Land Use and Development Director of Santa Fe Housing Trust join me to talk affordable housing.


It’s time for Science Monday and a topic that many of us can probably relate to— the noisy environment. As we blip, beep and bling our way through the day—not to mention sneezing, crumpling, chewing and honking—what does that mean for the ecosystems and the creatures who live in them with and among us? I spoke to Rachel Buxton of Colorado State University.

Tribal art dealers and tribal leaders and members have not always seen eye to eye on questions surrounding the ownership of tribal objects. But a recent symposium held by the Association of Tribal Art Dealers with the School for Advanced Research is helping to move the dialogue forward. We have a discussion with two ATADA members today.

Katrina Koehler, Executive Director of Gerard's House, and Roxana Melendez, Program Director of Nuestra Jornada, join me to talk about children in grief and providing a safe space to heal, for the last 20 years.

The theoretical physicist and distinguished professor at Santa Fe Institute joins me to discuss his new book, "Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies." Dr. West will deliver a public lecture at the Lensic in Santa Fe on Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Pam Pierce, CEO of Silver Bullet Productions, produced the movie that features the voices of many Native American leaders and veterans of U.S. wars.


A conversation with Brian Vallo, director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, and a member of the Pueblo of Acoma tribe.


Zonnie Gorman joined me to discuss the 75th anniversary of the first recruitment of Navajo Code Talkers to serve as U.S. Marines in World War II.

Melissa Cefkin will give a public lecture in Santa Fe on September 14 as part of SAR's fall public lecture series. She is the principal scientist for Nissan Research Center and a cultural anthropologist whose work includes figuring out how driverless cars will fit into the human comedy.

Wednesday, August 9  is the 35th-year celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day. We invited Joseph Kunkel, Executive Director of Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, and Mayrah Udvardi, design associate, to the studio to discuss the work of  SNCC. Kunkel estimates there are 200,000 units of housing needed on Indian country.