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Erik Anderson

Reporter, Business & Environment

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Erik Anderson reports on business and the environment for KPBS. His stories and features can be accessed on all three KPBS platforms: radio, web and television. Erik 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 environmental and business stories. In covering the environment, Erik 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, like the Giant Panda, the California Condor, and the Clapper Rail.

On the business side, Erik keeps a close watch on housing, oil/gas prices, and employment in the San Diego area. Erik’s stories on the mortgage crisis, secondhand retailers, and California’s avocado market showcase some of the ways the local economy stands together and apart from the national economy.

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

Recent Stories

Talmadge Residents Upset About Plan To End Door-To-Door Mail

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A San Diego lawmaker is blasting a congressional proposal that could eliminate door-to-door home delivery of mail with the idea to save the agency money.

San Diego Lifeguards Brace For High Surf From Hurricane Marie

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The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for the county coastline, where flooding is possible from the hurricane's swell. It will be in effect through Thursday night.

San Diego Refuge Managers Work To Balance Competing Land-Use Interests

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Managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to develop a long-term plan to manage a large patchwork of land just east of Bonita and Chula Vista. Creating a plan that pleases everyone is proving to be a challenge.

Rainy Weather Jolts Temecula Valley Wine Industry

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Grapevines soak up an unseasonable splash of rain in Temecula Valley, and that might put the red grape harvest on hold.

San Diego's Sanford-Burnham Institute Gets New Chief

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An oncologist who spent part of his career in the pharmaceutical world is the new chief executive officer at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.

Underwater Robots Race For Glory In Point Loma

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These aren't your father's submarine races. In fact, it's not likely that dad could've put together the intricate computers bottled-up in hopefully water-tight cases.

Authorities Warn About IRS Scam In San Diego

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Scammers are using a telephone scheme to trick people into giving them money. Eight local people have reported the con.

New CPR App Unveiled By San Diego Officials Monday

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The PulsePoint app is designed to get help to victims of sudden cardiac arrest in the critical moments before paramedics arrive. Only 8 percent of such patients survive, according to county officials.

Printing San Diego Comic-Con In 3D

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3D Systems targets consumers at San Diego's Comic-Con with its 3D printing.

Fresh Fruit Recall Touches Southern California Costco, Trader Joe's

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California fruit packing company voluntarily recalls fresh fruit that was likely sold around the nation this past weekend. Costco and Trader Joe's reach out to customers.

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