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Ellen Berkovitch

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Ellen Berkovitch is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and a working journalist of 30 years’ standing. Over her career, she has been a newspaper investigative reporter, a magazine editor-in-chief, a public radio station news director and a documentary radio producer. She also is an award-winning journalism entrepreneur who conceived, launched and ran the Rocky Mountain West’s first daily online arts magazine from 2008-2015. Her expertise lies in investigating journalism’s changing role in US society. She specializes in teaching students the foundational practices of inquiry and investigation, and is committed to bringing forward the principles of new community journalism in the context of Pratt and our Brooklyn neighborhoods. She was a member of the inaugural 2019 Ford Foundation cohort, #50WomenCan (Change the World in Journalism.) She belongs to Women’s Media Group, JAWS (Journalism and Women Symposium), IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) and ONA (Online News Association). At Pratt, she was a member of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Participatory Learning cohort, and is collaborating with the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment on evolving the new course she designed, Reporting the City.

MSJ, 1987, Northwestern University

BA, 1982, Wesleyan University

  1. Uranium: A Toxic Legacy at Red Water Pond Road (2018), Northern California Public Media and NPR One.,mining%20contamination%20for%2050%20years.&text=They’re%20sick%20of%20the,it%20packed%20up%20and%20left.
  2. (In)Coherence Podcast (2021), New York, Funded by a STEAMPlant grant from Pratt Institute.
  3. Dark Canyon: Sexual Abuse and Secrecy in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe (2017). Santa Fe, NM.
  4. Food Sovereignty in Native America (2020), New Mexico.
  5. COVID Tracking Project. (2020-21), New York.