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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

Volunteers Clean Up Large San Diego Homeless Camp

Volunteers Clean Up Large San Diego Homeless Camp

April 26
By Erik Anderson

Volunteers worked Wednesday to clean up a homeless camp in Mission Valley next to the San Diego River that was occupied by several dozen people.

SoccerCity Group Collects Over 100K Signatures In Hopes Of Bringing...

SoccerCity Group Collects Over 100K Signatures In Hopes Of Bringing MLS To San Diego

April 24
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The group behind the SoccerCity development proposal in Mission Valley turned in more than 100,000 petition signatures Monday to the county Registrar of Voters office.

National City Welcomes New Affordable Housing Complex

National City Welcomes New Affordable Housing Complex

April 18
By Erik Anderson

National City officials celebrated an affordable housing project Tuesday that took years to come together.

Bill Targets Sex Trafficking In California

Bill Targets Sex Trafficking In California

April 12
By Erik Anderson

A state lawmaker from San Diego wants to give prosecutors more tools to fight sex trafficking.

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Announces Retirement

San Diego State Basketball Coach Steve Fisher Announces Retirement

April 11
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Steve Fisher, who is credited with breathing life into the San Diego State University men's basketball program and making the team a conference and national power, announced his retirement Tuesday.

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Mission Valley Planning Group Demurs On Soccer City

April 5
By Erik Anderson

The Mission Valley Planning Group had a chance to be the first city panel to take a public stand on the Soccer City development proposal, but it demurred.

Cross-Border Sewage Spill Response Uncovers Ongoing Problems

Cross-Border Sewage Spill Response Uncovers Ongoing Problems

April 4
By Erik Anderson

An estimated 250 million gallons of sewage may have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in the first few months of the year because wet weather overwhelmed Tijuana's aging sewer system.

Increasing Density Could Lower California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Increasing Density Could Lower California's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 28
By Erik Anderson

California researchers say increasing neighborhood density will help the state's cities reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses they generate.

Rare Butterfly Returns To San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

Rare Butterfly Returns To San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

March 27
By Erik Anderson

Endangered Quino Checkerspot Butterflies are flying on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge this spring for the first time in years.

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

March 23
By Erik Anderson

A small crowd gathered Thursday morning in Encinitas to celebrate one of the planet's threatened land turtles — the Galapagos Tortoise.

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