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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

Imperial Valley Battery System Will Be Largest In West

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Imperial County power managers are building a battery system that will help keep the grid operating smoothly. It will be the largest battery storage system in the West.

Navy, San Diego Energy Execs Celebrate Solar Deal

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The Navy will receive 210 megawatts of power from the Mesquite Solar 3 plant, which Sempra will construct beginning this month 60 miles west of Phoenix.

Leased Solar Systems Dominate The U.S. Marketplace

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More homeowners are starting to pay for solar installations instead of leasing them. Industry watchers say leases may have peaked with 72 percent of the market.

Eyes Look To Carlsbad's Desalination Plant

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Many people are watching the Carlsbad desalination plant that could begin delivering drinking water by fall. And how the plant performs may affect how other desalination projects are viewed.

New El Niño Images Show Strong Event

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The ocean warming condition known as El Niño is looking increasingly like the last major El Niño in 1997, which brought a lot of rain to San Diego.

Barrio Logan Scrap Yard Fire Raises Concerns About Safety

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Barrio Logan residents are concerned after a fire broke out at a scrap recycling yard in their neighborhood on Wednesday night.

California Consumer Advocates Complain About Record Oil Industry Profits

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Oil refineries are under fire for gas prices that are sharply higher than the national average. Consumer Watchdog is asking for more oversight.

San Diego Water Rates Could Increase Sharply

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Water rates are going up if the city of San Diego's Water Department gets its way. The department is asking for a 9.8 percent increase in January and then a 6.9 percent rate hike six months later in July.

Refugee Students Experience Coronado Beach In Outreach Event

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About 50 students from El Cajon High were treated to a day at the beach on Tuesday.

California Budget Could Save Tijuana River Valley

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Environmentalists hope the newly signed California budget helps them get trash out of the Tijuana River Valley.

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