Reporter, Business & Environment
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.
San Diego's Sierra Club chapter was suspended by the National Sierra Club board on Friday for persistent infighting among the local chapter’s leaders.