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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

Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

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Though San Diego's plan for addressing climate change received high marks in its first Climate Action Campaign report card, only 7 of 19 local governments have plans in place.

Salk Researchers Say Plant May Hold Key To Drought Resistance

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Researchers at San Diego’s Salk Institute have identified several molecular keys that could help unlock understanding about how plants handle environmental stress.

California's Largest Government Employee Union Could Strike Soon

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The Service Employees International Union is authorized to go on strike in two weeks.

Conservationists Move To Protect Rare Mexican Porpoise

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An ocean conservation group based in the United States is returning to Mexico to keep the world’s smallest porpoise from going extinct. There are less than 50 vaquita porpoise in existence.

Activists Not Happy With Redevelopment Plans For Northern Mission Bay

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San Diego's discussions about the future of the northern edge of Mission Bay are not sitting well with advocates working to bring back a large swath of wetlands to the area.

Trees Could Help Clean San Diego's Air

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New research from the Nature Conservancy finds that urban trees can help save millions of lives worldwide.

San Diego Awarded $750K As Part Of BP Settlement

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The county is getting $750,000 as part of a multimillion-dollar settlement against the oil company British Petroleum.

California Expects More Electric Cars On The Highways

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The state has 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles on the road and backers says that number will continue to go up.

Insects May Help San Diego Researchers Track Climate Change

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San Diego State University researchers are trying to gauge how the region's ecosystems are shifting as climate change affects local habitats. Some answers may come from the insects that serve key roles for native plants.

Measure D: Citizens' Plan Coming Up Short

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San Diegans rejected Measure D, which would have redirected tourism financing, barred an onsite expansion of the convention center and set uses for Qualcomm Stadium if it's abandoned by the Chargers.

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