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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 by Erik Anderson

San Diego Researchers Use Drone To Study Polar Bears And Arctic Ice

San Diego Researchers Use Drone To Study Polar Bears And Arctic Ice

Dec. 15
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers and engineers have had a successful test of a special cold weather drone.

San Diego Researchers Digging For Information On Sand Berms

San Diego Researchers Digging For Information On Sand Berms

Dec. 14
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are studying sand berms on a Coronado beach, hoping to learn how ocean waves affect the protective structures.

South San Diego County Beaches Getting More Water Testing

South San Diego County Beaches Getting More Water Testing

Dec. 13
By Erik Anderson

The Surfrider Foundation's San Diego chapter will begin organizing testing of ocean water quality off the coast of Imperial Beach, the Tijuana River Estuary and Coronado.

Mission Bay Facelift Considered By Park Committee

Mission Bay Facelift Considered By Park Committee

Dec. 5
By Erik Anderson

The effort to transform Mission Bay's northeast corner could be moving forward.

King Tides Apply Pressure To San Diego Coastline

King Tides Apply Pressure To San Diego Coastline

Dec. 4
By Erik Anderson

San Diego got a peek at the future Monday of rising ocean levels thanks to the yearly phenomenon known as King tides.

SDSU Unveils Campus Expansion Plan For Mission Valley

SDSU Unveils Campus Expansion Plan For Mission Valley

Nov. 29
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego State University Wednesday unveiled a $3 billion plan to expand the campus into Mission Valley and redevelop the former Qualcomm Stadium property.

Increased Homeless Population Along San Diego River Hampers Water Q...

Increased Homeless Population Along San Diego River Hampers Water Quality

Nov. 28
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego River is more crowded since the city began moving homeless people off of downtown streets. The extra people are putting additional pressure on an already stressed ecosystem.

Groups Sue California To Get Cleaner Water

Groups Sue California To Get Cleaner Water

Nov. 27
By Erik Anderson

Clean water advocates in San Diego are getting a boost from California fishing groups hoping to improve water quality around the state.

Cleaning Up San Diego Bay's Dirty Marinas

Cleaning Up San Diego Bay's Dirty Marinas

Nov. 21
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego marina is field testing a new pump that could help clean up water in areas where boats dock.

San Diego Lawmaker, Educator, Realtor Voice Opposition To GOP Tax P...

San Diego Lawmaker, Educator, Realtor Voice Opposition To GOP Tax Plan

Nov. 13
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego Democrat is rallying support against sweeping national tax reform proposals.

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