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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

SoccerCity Backers Blast SDSU West Plan For Mission Valle...

SoccerCity Backers Blast SDSU West Plan For Mission Valley Development

Jan. 19
By Erik Anderson

The soccer-focused group aiming to redevelop the Mission Valley Stadium site took aim at a similar proposal being pushed by Friends of San Diego State University.

Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Researcher Dies After...

Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Researcher Dies After 5-Year Battle With Cancer

Jan. 17
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego geochemist is being remembered as a diligent and wise colleague after succumbing to cancer.

A Look At The Incredible Shrinking Salton Sea

A Look At The Incredible Shrinking Salton Sea

Jan. 16
By Erik Anderson

California’s largest lake, the Imperial Valley’s Salton Sea, is poised to begin shrinking at unprecedented speed this year. Look at these photos that show you how the lake is changing.

The Shrinking Salton Sea Endangers Region's Health

The Shrinking Salton Sea Endangers Region's Health

Jan. 15
By Erik Anderson

California’s largest lake, the Imperial Valley’s Salton Sea, is poised to begin shrinking at an unprecedented speed this year. The retreat is raising concerns about the future of a place that is considered both an ecological treasure and a looming public health disaster.

San Diego Researcher Finds Oxygen Getting Rarer In Oceans

San Diego Researcher Finds Oxygen Getting Rarer In Oceans

Jan. 4
By Erik Anderson

A growing threat to the planet’s oceans may be getting worse because of climate change.

SDSU West Backers Press Public For More Signatures

SDSU West Backers Press Public For More Signatures

Dec. 20, 2017
By Erik Anderson

Signature gathering to put the SDSU West measure on the ballot continues to march forward.

San Diego Researchers Use Drone To Study Polar Bears And ...

San Diego Researchers Use Drone To Study Polar Bears And Arctic Ice

Dec. 15, 2017
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers and engineers have had a successful test of a special cold weather drone.

San Diego Researchers Digging For Information On Sand Berms

San Diego Researchers Digging For Information On Sand Berms

Dec. 14, 2017
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are studying sand berms on a Coronado beach, hoping to learn how ocean waves affect the protective structures.

South San Diego County Beaches Getting More Water Testing

South San Diego County Beaches Getting More Water Testing

Dec. 13, 2017
By Erik Anderson

The Surfrider Foundation's San Diego chapter will begin organizing testing of ocean water quality off the coast of Imperial Beach, the Tijuana River Estuary and Coronado.

Mission Bay Facelift Considered By Park Committee

Mission Bay Facelift Considered By Park Committee

Dec. 5, 2017
By Erik Anderson

The effort to transform Mission Bay's northeast corner could be moving forward.

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