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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

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San Diego Coastal Marshes May Become Important Tools To Battle Climate Change

Dec. 1
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers and environmentalists are taking a close look at a pocket habitat that may become an important tool as the climate changes.

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San Diego County Still Working On Climate Action Plan

Nov. 19
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County is still trying to develop a climate action plan that allows for housing growth, while protecting the environment, and meets state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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San Diego Scientists Hope Plants Can Store A Lot More Carbon

Nov. 12
By Erik Anderson

Salk Institute researchers hope to make plants much more efficient at catching and storing carbon.

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Coastal Commission's New Strategic Plan To Focus On Sea Level Rise

Nov. 6
By Erik Anderson

The California Coastal Commission adopts a new strategic plan for the next five years.

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Federal Officials Say Election Day Was Routine In San Diego

Nov. 4
By Erik Anderson

Federal officials got a few calls but saw no problems with local elections.

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Federal Officials Monitor San Diego Election

Nov. 3
By Erik Anderson

Federal officials say they are ready to act if they are needed on election day.

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The Politics Of Climate Change Largely Set Aside In Pandemic Year

Nov. 2
By Erik Anderson

A warming climate was a key talking point for national political candidates last year, but then the pandemic happened.

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San Diego Scientists Poised To Deploy New Ocean Monitoring Devices

Oct. 30
By Erik Anderson

The worlds ocean are going to be more closely monitored thanks to a major National Science Foundation grant.

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San Diego Scientists Track The Region's Biggest Rainmakers

Oct. 28
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are using weather balloons to track big storm systems that move through the region.

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California Leading Push For Renewable Power

Oct. 26
By Erik Anderson

A new report finds California made remarkable progress in boosting reliance on renewable energy in the past decade.

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San Diego Businesswoman Pleads Guilty To $400 Million Ponzi Scheme

July 22
By City News Service

Gina Champion-Cain, founder and former CEO of American National Investments, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission last summer with taking millions from investors and telling them the money would be used to support loans for people seeking California liquor licenses. Instead, she used the money for personal expenses, to fund her other businesses or to pay back other investors, prosecutors said.