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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

Hotel Study Finds Little Boost During Chargers Games

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A study of all NFL teams finds the Chargers have a small impact on local hotel business during football games.

Stadium Foes, Chargers Stick To Game Plans As Measure C Goes To Voters

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Team officials are hoping voters will approve plans for a nearly $2 billion stadium and convention center project at the polls in November.

Progress Made On Mission Bay Project

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The push to create more wetland habitat on the north part of Mission Bay is moving forward with a key hearing this week.

Innovation Economy Accounts For Quarter Of San Diego's GDP

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San Diego County's innovation economy has grown to $52 billion, but many investors remain wary of investing in it.

Arsenic Still Taints Some California Drinking Water

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Environmental advocates say California isn't doing enough to protect residents who have too much arsenic in their public drinking water supplies.

ITT Tech Shutters Campuses After Federal Aid Sanctions

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ITT Educational Services is ending academic operations at all of its more than 130 campuses across 38 states. That includes the National City and Vista campuses.

California Lawmakers Kill CPUC Reforms

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The agency that regulates the state's utilities is not getting a major overhaul, despite a political consensus that one is needed.

Fading Salton Sea Thirsting For Water

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California's largest lake has been teetering on the edge of an ecological disaster for years, but there is new momentum to find a solution for the environmental challenges at the Salton Sea.

Obama Pledges Federal Help For Salton Sea

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President Barack Obama unveiled a new partnership with California aimed at tackling the ecological problems plaguing the Salton Sea.

Here Are Some Awesome Little Free Libraries In San Diego

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Maybe you've spotted them in your neighborhood: tiny boxes that contain books for anyone to take. From a Pokémon GO stop to a mini-ghost town schoolhouse, here are some of the best ones we've seen around.

All stories by Erik Anderson ›