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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

California Could Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

California Could Set 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Sept. 13
By Erik Anderson

California lawmakers are running out of time to decide whether the state's energy diet will be greener by 2045.

Endangered Iguanas Threatened By Hurricane

Endangered Iguanas Threatened By Hurricane

Sept. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Global researchers are worried that Hurricane Irma put some of the world's rarest lizards at risk.

Tijuana River Estuary Endures In Face Of Many Ecological Challenges

Tijuana River Estuary Endures In Face Of Many Ecological Challenges

Sept. 7
By Erik Anderson

The Tijuana River Estuary is showing surprising resilience in its ability to cope with large, raw sewage flows, but that is not happening without help.

Governor Wants More Reforms For California's Prison System

Governor Wants More Reforms For California's Prison System

Sept. 1
By Erik Anderson

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a spirited defense of efforts to reform the state's prison system at a conference being held in San Diego Friday.

San Diego Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

San Diego Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

Aug. 30
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's index of leading economic indicators jumped a half of a percent in July, the second straight sharp increase.

Environmentalists Want New NAFTA Agreement To Protect Border's Natu...

Environmentalists Want New NAFTA Agreement To Protect Border's Natural Resources

Aug. 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego officials want federal negotiators to be mindful of cross-border trade as they renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. And there is also a call to boost environmental protections.

California Climate Policies Help, Hurt Inland Empire

California Climate Policies Help, Hurt Inland Empire

Aug. 22
By Erik Anderson

The state's Inland Empire got a huge economic boost from California's climate-friendly programs.

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Le...

'We Must Be Loud In Our Intolerance Of Intolerance': Local Faith Leaders Speak Up

Aug. 18
By Brooke Ruth, Erik Anderson, Maureen Cavanaugh

Local faith leaders held a press conference Friday to take a stand against racism in the wake of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAFTA Talks

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAFTA Talks

Aug. 16
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero

As federal negotiators met with their counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to begin talks on NAFTA, leaders from border cities met in San Diego to support boosting the region's economic cooperation.

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

Aug. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo researchers are working to save a critically endangered rhino species that is teetering close to extinction. Scientists are using southern white rhinos as surrogates in a last-ditch effort to save northern whites.

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