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.

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This year's New Mexico State Fair, which opened its gates at 10am Thursday, isthe 80th anniversary of the event.  KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer spoke with State Fair Manager Dan Mourning, who told her this year’s fair theme is “Love is in the Fair:”         


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has unrolled an ambitious clean energy plan as part of her campaign strategy. The candidate hosted a panel discussion on New Mexico’s potential alternative energy future at Santa Fe Community College on Friday. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more:

The New Mexico Dream Team is reacting to Wednesday’s executive order by President Donald Trump putting an end to family separation for asylum-seeking migrants. The Dream Team says the order does little to alleviate injustice. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more.

The Santa Fe City Council has approved a fee –waiver for city services for the upcoming National Governor’s Association Summer Meeting, but some non-profits that host events in the city are not happy about it.  KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more.

One of the country’s 25 most disruptive businesses.. and that’s meant in a good way, is Santa Fe’s Descartes Labs. It’s disruptive in that the company shakes up the status quo with groundbreaking innovation ... and in Descartes Labs case.. that’s an understatement. 

KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more.

Promoters of a truck stop project slated for county land just off I-25 faced a hostile audience at the latest community meeting on the issue held Wednesday night. Hundreds of homeowners from Rancho Viejo and communities along the Turquoise Trail showed up to voice their opposition to the plan. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more:

A proposal to revamp Guadalupe Street between Agua Fria north to Paseo de Peralta is expected to get underway in 2019. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer spoke with city public works department engineer David Quintana about the proposal, and about a public meeting on the project set for tonight at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Among the items before Santa Fe’s Governing Body later today is Gran Fondo New York’s desire to develop a bike race event in Santa Fe…

KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more.

New Mexico Democratic Senator Tom Udall has come out swinging against a Republican-sponsored measure to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.  At a press conference Wednesday  , Udall and others rallied against the plan, calling it a ploy by Republicans to offset tax cuts for the wealthy.

KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports.

Despite the current administration’s push to build a wall dividing the U-S and Mexico, there is one element that will link the two nations, wall or no wall.

At a symposium hosted by Santa Fe’s Water Education Foundation this week, representatives of the International Boundary and Water Commission on Wednesday announced the conclusion of a new Colorado River agreement.

KSFRs Ellen Lockyer has more.

Homeowners in two Santa Fe County neighborhoods are protesting a plan to develop a 26-acre truck stop and light industrial center on privately- owned land within earshot and eyeshot of their homes. 

As KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer reports, the decision rests with Santa Fe County on whether the development plan will go forward.

In a world of Twitter-chat and Insta-photo, how is a serious news consumer to tell what is true reporting and what is false? Northern New Mexico Press Women want to help readers sort out the real from the fake, so on Saturday, the group hosted its “ Media Literacy in a Fake News World” forum in Santa Fe. KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer was there and prepared this report: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ksfrnews/Fakes_News.mp3

In a time of uncertainty over what’s in store for the Affordable Care Act, health insurance providers on the state’s health exchange are certain of one thing, they’ll be hiking their individual policy premium rates. 

KSFR’s Ellen Lockyer has more;



This week, there was a birthday celebration in Alamogordo at a research facility that many New Mexicans may not be aware of.  The federal Bureau of Reclamation has a center in Alamogordo called the Brackish Groundwater NationaDesalinization Research Facility where technologies are developed to desalinate groundwater in inland states.  In  August of 2007,the plant opened its doors.

On Wake-Up Call Friday, host Ellen Lockyer has a conversation with Rachel Wixom, who is the president and CEO of the Ralph T. Coe Foundation, an organization located in Santa Fe which uses the extensive art collection of its namesake in innovative ways.