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Erik Anderson

Reporter, Business & Environment

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Erik Anderson reports on business and the environment for KPBS. His stories and features can be accessed on all three KPBS platforms: radio, web and television. Erik brings more than three decades of journalism experience into the KPBS newsroom. That experience helps him find and tell compelling stories in the San Diego and Imperial County region.

Erik joined KPBS in 1996 and currently covers the region’s environmental and business stories. In covering the environment, Erik reported on the region’s clean water and air initiatives, beach erosion, the power and water supplies, the restoration of the Salton Sea, and water quality along the coast. In addition, he has reported on endangered species, like the Giant Panda, the California Condor, and the Clapper Rail.

On the business side, Erik keeps a close watch on housing, oil/gas prices, and employment in the San Diego area. Erik’s stories on the mortgage crisis, secondhand retailers, and California’s avocado market showcase some of the ways the local economy stands together and apart from the national economy.

“I’m always amazed at the way KPBS reaches out and helps make connections in our community,” said Anderson. “Good media is people talking to people, about people. KPBS creates an incredible opportunity to help understand what’s happening in our community and how it affects us.”

Erik's work has been honored with national awards that include a Peabody for his collaboration on the Radio Series “The DNA Files,” Public Radio News Director’s Association Awards and recognition for excellence in beat reporting from the Society for Environmental Journalists. His work has also been recognized by The San Diego Press Club, The Southern California Broadcasters Association, The Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press, Television-Radio Association of California-Nevada, The Syracuse Press Club, The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, The United Press International and others.

Recent Stories

SDG&E Customers Challenge Plans To Change How They Are Billed

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The California Public Utilities Commission is in San Diego to find out how people feel about proposals to change the way San Diego Gas & Electric charges for power.

San Diego Engineer Questions SDG&E's Push For Power

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San Diego's ongoing heat wave is pushing power consumption to a summertime peak, but there seems to be ample power and that's prompting some to question the utility's power planning efforts.

Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

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The California Watergame lets residents decide how the state will deal with a looming water shortage.

Are Consumers Paying Too Much in Proposed San Onofre Settlement?

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A settlement deal on the costs of the San Onofre shutdown, approved by the utilities and three consumer advocate groups - must now be changed. What's the cost to consumers?

Fast-Food Workers In San Diego Strike For $15 An Hour

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At one point during the local protests, strikers were sitting in the roadway on University Avenue over Interstate 15. About a dozen people were arrested and taken away by police.

San Diego Exports Rank Among State Leaders

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San Diego is going better than the nation when it comes to exporting merchandise goods.

Labor Day Stickball On Little Italy Streets In San Diego

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A spirited weekend of stockball turned several urban streets in to asphalt playgrounds this past Labor Day Weekend.

Talmadge Residents Upset About Plan To End Door-To-Door Mail

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A San Diego lawmaker is blasting a congressional proposal that could eliminate door-to-door home delivery of mail with the idea to save the agency money.

San Diego Lifeguards Brace For High Surf From Hurricane Marie

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The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county coastline, where flooding is possible from the hurricane's swell. It will be in effect through Thursday night.

San Diego Refuge Managers Work To Balance Competing Land-Use Interests

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Managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to develop a long-term plan to manage a large patchwork of land just east of Bonita and Chula Vista. Creating a plan that pleases everyone is proving to be a challenge.

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