About Us

Ellen Berkovitch

Public Radio News Director and investigative reporter. Awarded digital journalism entrepreneur and podcast producer. National writer and art critic.

Radio and Podcasting

Ellen began podcasting for her online arts magazine of AdobeAirstream dot com in 2010. By 2012, she was hired to create a podcast media event for Minneapolis Institute of Arts in connection with their contemporary art exhibition, “More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness.” Ellen went on premises in Minneapolis in a designed ice cabin inside the museum and interviewed more than 100 members of the public about their responses to the show. Audience engagement surged. Ellen began studying radio production in order to work as a radio  journalist. She began contributing to Women’s Focus on KUNM, to Canadian Broadcasting Company Radio, and to Santa Fe Public Radio. She became news director of Santa Fe Public Radio in 2016. She won first place for continuing coverage in large-market radio for a four-part series, Vulnerable Adults, on homelessness in Santa Fe. Today finds her leading a professional team of three women journalists to produce another multiple-part radio series, “Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.” She is currently also at work on a new podcast.

Print and Digital Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

Ellen has been editor in chief of magazines including American Jewelry, Santa Fe Trend, BOOM and AdobeAirstream.

Ellen became editor in chief of her first magazine, American Jewelry, back in 1987 in New York. In 2007 in Santa Fe she was hired as editor in chief of Santa Fe Trend magazine. In 2008, she began a digital journalism entrepreneur and launched the online arts magazine of AdobeAirstream, as founder, editor and publisher in March 2009.

AdobeAirstream was and remains the first daily online magazine for cultural creatives in the Rocky Mountain West. AdobeAirstream in its fourth design iteration reached 30,000 unique visitors per month. Its storytelling success derived from a content-driven, rich media strategy. A video channel. An audio podcast. Innovative partnerships with presenting arts organizations including SITE Santa Fe and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 2015, AdobeAirstream won second place for best website from Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies competition.

Writer

Ellen has published in many national publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Artforum, Art&Auction, Departures and other magazines and newspapers.

Since she arrived in New Mexico in 1993, she has been a prominent national voice, writing for Artforum, Art&Auction, Los Angeles Weekly, The New York Times, and many design publications. Working for the Santa Fe New Mexican-Pasatiempo as a staff writer in 1999-2001, she won an Associated Press investigative reporting prize for “The Peters Principals.” It was a three-part, 30,000-word newspaper series that began with the story of 28 Georgia O’Keeffe watercolors later deemed to be fakes. Ellen has been editor in chief of magazines including American Jewelry, Santa Fe Trend, BOOM and AdobeAirstream.

Beginnings

Ellen’s first jobs in New York and Washington, DC entailed in-depth investigative reporting on energy, environmental affairs, Indian affairs and the Congress. She specialized in magazine journalism for her master’s degree at Medill School of Journalism and majored in English and French at Wesleyan University. She returned to New York and became an international correspondent in Milan and Paris for fashion trade publications including Menswear Retailing and Women’s Wear Daily.

Passions

A Connemara pony named Molly Bloom.  Swimming long distances. The ongoing pleasures of speaking foreign languages and learning new things.