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Erik Anderson

Environment Reporter

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Erik Anderson 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 environment. He has 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, such as the Giant Panda, the California Condor, and the Clapper Rail.

“I’m always amazed at the way KPBS reaches out and helps make connections in our community,” said Anderson. “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 of Environmental Journalists. His work has also been recognized by the San Diego Press Club, The Southern California Broadcasters Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press, Television-Radio Association of California-Nevada, The Syracuse Press Club, The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association, United Press International and others.

Recent Stories by Erik Anderson

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A San Diego Guitar Maker Is Protecting Trees Half A World Away

July 16
By Erik Anderson

El Cajon-based Taylor Guitars is working in the West Africa country of Cameroon in an effort to secure the company’s access to one of the world’s hardest woods.

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SDSU West Gets Tentative Reprieve And Stays On Ballot

July 5
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego Superior Court judge is leaning toward keeping the SDSU West measure on the November ballot in the face of a challenge by the city attorney.

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Local Environmental Groups Oppose Tijuana River Valley Campground

July 3
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter and other environmental advocacy groups Tuesday called on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to postpone construction of a campground at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.

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'Familiar Face' Appointed San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief

July 2
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday appointed Colin Stowell as chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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Health Of Pacific Fish Stocks Measured With Sailboat Drones

June 29
By Erik Anderson

Federal researchers in San Diego are using drones to help measure the health of fishing stocks off the Pacific coast.

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Trash Collections Show Plastics Now Dominate Ocean Litter

June 27
By Erik Anderson

Much of the trash finding its way into the world's oceans is plastic.

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San Diego City Attorney Makes Rare Request To Pull Ballot Measures

June 25
By Erik Anderson

Mara Elliot asks two San Diego judges to consider removing two ballot measures that call for the redevelopment of the Mission Valley stadium site.

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Sea Level Rise Could Sink California Property Values

June 18
By Erik Anderson

A new report says California property values along the coast could drop as the level of the ocean rises. The study found more than $15 billion worth of private property is at risk in California over the next 25 years.

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Report Card Has Good Grades For San Diego's Beaches

June 7
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Dry weather is good news for San Diego County beach water quality.

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San Diego State Eyes Private Partners For Mission Valley Development

June 6
By Erik Anderson

San Diego State University tests a private-public partnership to build student housing, just off campus.

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