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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

San Diego Quality Of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Review

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A regional quality of life index was positive in most of the 15 areas measured, but got neutral marks in some areas and poor marks in others.

San Diego County's Economy Showing Signs Of Strength

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The region's surging job market is driving another significant bump in a local index that tracks the economy.

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

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Water use around the country is falling even though the economy is growing.

Survey: Majority Of Americans Think Solar Is Important

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The value of solar and other energy efficient products is rising as far as the public is concerned, according to a Clean Edge survey.

Advocates Want California To Have More Energy Efficient Standards For Computer Monitors

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Computer monitors are in the crosshairs of consumer advocates who are looking for rules that reign in energy consumption.

Tijuana Estuary May Be An Early Indicator For Climate Change

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Researchers hope one of San Diego's last remaining coastal wetlands helps them understand the potential impact of climate change.

Monarch Butterflies In Crisis On The West Coast

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Populations of Monarch butterflies are declining in the west, but officials are optimistic the iconic insect's population can be revived.

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

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The effort was a training exercise and a public service to help the San Diego Natural History Museum's research on whales.

San Diego County Reboots Efforts To Fight Climate Change

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to rescind a plan that was widely panned by environmentalists and ultimately rejected by the courts.

Poll: Support For Legalizing Marijuana Rising In California

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Support for legalizing marijuana in California appears to be growing gradually stronger, amid talk of renewed efforts to bring a proposal to the state ballot to legalize its use.

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