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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

California Plastic Bag Ban May Soon Qualify For Ballot

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California voters may get a chance to decide the future of the state's new ban on single use plastic bags. The deadline to gather initiative signatures is a week away.

San Diego Could Be In For A Wetter Than Normal Winter

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Federal climate watchers said California is in for above average amounts of precipitation this winter.

2014 Brings A Record Number Of Visitors To San Diego

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Tourists spent $9.2 billion and booked 16.2 million room nights this year.

Union Workers Protest Against Southwest At San Diego Airport

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The workers claim that Southwest Airlines is making money at the expense of workers and customers.

San Diego's Apartment Vacancy Rate Falls

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Fewer apartments are vacant in San Diego and an improving job market gets some of the credit.

San Diego Filipinos Watch As Deadly Typhoon Washes Over The Philippines

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A major tropical storm in the Philippines over the weekend has stirred concern in San Diego's Filipino community. Many local Filipinos are trying to reach family and friends in the island nation and are looking for ways to help.

San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

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San Diego protesters join demonstrators and Walmart employees around the country calling for better pay and work schedules.

California's Life Sciences Industry Beats Other States

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California's life sciences industry shines in a new national report. The Golden State ranks number one when it comes to jobs.

Double Pay Proposed For California Workers On Major Holidays

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A San Diego lawmaker is proposing a bill to take the sting out of working on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Beware Of Exploding Turkeys

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Deep-frying is a popular, but dangerous way to fix a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Firefighting trainees at Chula Vista’s Southwestern College share tips to avoid disaster.

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