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Erik Anderson

Environment Reporter

Erik Anderson brings more than four 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.

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  • All five seats in the San Diego congressional delegation are up for election in the March primary, but political observers do not expect much turnover.
  • Backers of a move to replace San Diego Gas & Electric with a municipal utility are calling out utility efforts to defeat their initiative.
  • There have been 16 earthquakes reported near El Centro and Imperial since midnight.
  • San Diego’s District 4, which includes Encanto, Skyline and Valencia Park, has some of the worst pavement conditions in the city. The city’s new pavement management plan directs the least amount of money there. Also in District 4, residents of a Mountain View apartment complex who lost everything in the Jan. 22 flooding said they’re going to sue the city. This isn’t the first time the complex has flooded — Chollas Creek flooded the complex in December 2018. Plus, a history lesson on Coronado’s Black community going back to the 1880s.
  • Some financial help is coming for small business owners trying to recover from damage done in the recent floods across San Diego County. In other news, our KPBS South Bay Engagement Producer joins the podcast to fill us in on what resources are available on KPBS’s Voter Hub. Plus, we highlight one of the traditions of Lunar New Year.
  • This week’s tornado warning surprised many San Diego County residents alerted to the potentially dangerous weather conditions. We hear from a meteorologist about why the warning was issued. In other news, in a series of voice memos a San Diego Navy SEAL says he made a deal with the Navy after an investigation cleared him of extremism allegations, then he uses a slogan associated with a hate group. Plus, a San Diego State University graduate and founder of the medical technology company Masimo celebrates a federal appeals court upholding his patent for a technology he says Apple computers were using illegally.