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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

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

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A small crowd gathered Thursday morning in Encinitas to celebrate one of the planet's threatened land turtles — the Galapagos Tortoise.

SDSU Seeks To Buy, Lease Qualcomm Stadium Property

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San Diego State University issued a proposal Monday for the redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley.

SDSU Students Help Shape Climate Plan In Lemon Grove

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Climate action plans remain elusive for most of the county's cities, but Lemon Grove is enrolling students in an effort to reduce the city's climate impacts.

Petition Drive To Bring MLS To San Diego Gets Underway

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A group attempting to bring professional soccer to San Diego kicked off a signature drive Wednesday aimed at getting the proposal in front of the city council.

‘Soccer City’ Economic Impact Could Be Huge

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The proposed "Soccer City" redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium site in Mission Valley would have an economic impact of $2.8 billion by the time of completion, the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced Thursday.

San Diego Economist: Defense, Tourism To Lead Region's Growth

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A top San Diego economist said the region should continue to see economic growth in the coming year.

Consumer Advocate Questions Whether Governor Brown Is Really 'Green'

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A consumer advocate argues California's governor is not as environmentally friendly as he might have you believe.

Federal US And Mexico Officials Agree To Investigate Massive Cross-Border Sewage Spill

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San Diego leaders called on federal officials Thursday to investigate a massive cross-border sewage spill in Mexico that flowed onto beaches and other parts of southern San Diego County.

Federal Response To Cross-Border Sewage Spill Questioned

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U.S. officials did not notify the public about a massive cross-border sewage spill even though they started making inquiries two weeks before the sewage stopped flowing.

Imperial Beach Mayor Blasts Reaction To Major Sewage Spill

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A massive sewage spill tainted San Diego's ocean and fouled Imperial Beach air and residents are unhappy with the response.

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