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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

Carlsbad Tightens Water Restrictions

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Carlsbad is cutting in half the number of days residents can water their lawns. It has been reduced from two to one day a week.

Public Mourns Death Of Rare Rhino In San Diego

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The last northern white rhino in North America died this past weekend at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Nola was 41. The critically endangered rhino suffered from a bacterial infection that took hold in September.

San Diego Water Board Criticized For Stormwater Permit Changes

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Southern California municipalities got some help meeting the region's stormwater pollution standards, but it didn't please environmentalists.

San Diego's Ballast Point Brewer Aims To Continue Growing

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Ballast Point officials say they plan to continue pushing to get their product in more markets. The company was bought for $1 billion by Constellation Brands, the nation's third largest beer distributor.

Ballast Point Brewing Sold To Constellation Brands For $1B

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Ballast Point, a nearly 20-year-old operation known for its popular Sculpin IPA and Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, will continue as a stand-alone company with its existing management team and employees running the day-to-day operations.

San Diego Zoo Works To Save Northern White Rhino

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San Diego conservation officials are launching an ambitious plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhino.

Federal Desert Management Plan For California Almost Complete

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Federal officials unveiled a plan to manage renewable energy projects on 10 million acres of California desert.

Warning: San Diego County Housing Is Becoming More Unaffordable

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San Diego County's housing market is failing to provide enough affordable housing options and that could cause major problems, according to a report by the London Group Realty Advisors.

Chinese Navy Ship Calls On San Diego To Share Knowledge

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Peace Ark is docked at the Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego for five days. Officials hope it will be beneficial for the two countries to share knowledge about hospital treatment.

Sunken Warship Brings Sea Life To Ocean Waters Off San Diego's Mission Bay

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The wreck of the Canadian destroyer Yukon is a magnet for divers looking for adventure near the San Diego coast. The ship also attracts a wide range of marine life. Scientists are documenting the area to help understand how the wreck is affecting the underwater environment.

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