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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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Trump Plans To Circumvent Environmental Laws

June 5
By Erik Anderson

The Trump Administration moves to skirt some of the nation's environmental protections as part of the response to COVID-19.

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Coronavirus Has Reduced Air Pollution, But Not The Risk In Some San Diego Communities

June 4
By Erik Anderson

San Diego’s most at-risk neighborhoods saw an improvement in air quality when the COVID-19 shutdowns began, but pollution levels are already climbing back up.

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Big Oil Will Answer Some Uncomfortable Questions In California Court

May 28
By Erik Anderson

Imperial Beach's attempt to make Big Oil pay for damage from climate change will be heard in state court.

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San Diego May Not See Fast Rebound Of Air Travel

May 26
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's tourist industry may suffer for a long time before air travel returns to normal.

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Solar Industry Fighting To Help Lead Economic Recovery

May 25
By Erik Anderson

The COVID-19 pandemic has extinguished a lot of the economy, but solar industry officials say they could lead the recovery.

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Testing For COVID-19 Key To Restarting San Diego Economy

May 20
By Erik Anderson

The effectiveness of San Diego County’s COVID-19 testing is helping decide the number and kinds of businesses that can reopen.

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San Diego Is Shrinking Carbon Footprint During Coronavirus Shutdown

May 19
By Erik Anderson

Teleworking is a revelation for climate advocates coming up with ways to shrink San Diego's carbon footprint.

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Report: Coronavirus Could Cause 50% Drop In California Travel Spending

May 11
By Erik Anderson

The negative impact of the pandemic on California's visitor industry might be as high as $72 billion, according to a new report. San Diego will be hit hard.

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With Few Fliers, San Diego Airport Struggling With Coronavirus Fallout

May 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Airport officials are looking ahead at a lean year because the coronavirus has decimated the airline industry.

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San Diego's Hot Weather Conditions Raise Risk Of Wildfires

May 4
By Erik Anderson

The threat of wildfire is rising with the temperature as an unseasonable warm spell rolls into the San Diego region.

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