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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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Wildfire Risk Elevated With Wave Of Hot Santa Ana Winds

Oct. 22
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

The National Weather Service San Diego has issued a red flag warning.

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San Diego Officials Warn Of Fire Danger Under Santa Ana Conditions

Oct. 21
By Erik Anderson

San Diego city officials are warning people to be alert about wildfires as the weather gets warm.

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Business Report: Will There Be A Brexit Deal?

Oct. 19
By Bennett Lacy, Erik Anderson

The impact of Brexit on the U.S. economy. The General Motors strike comes to an end. And some relief for gas prices in San Diego.

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Del Mar Still Working Out Plans To Deal With Rising Ocean

Oct. 16
By Erik Anderson

Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission take some extra time to work out a controversial local coastal plan.

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Body Trapped In Tijuana Pump Station Caused Sewage Spill Into US

Oct. 15
By Erik Anderson

The spill started around 9 p.m. Sunday night and continued until 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission.

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San Diego Activist Argues Why Green New Deal Matters

Oct. 14
By Erik Anderson

Climate advocate group San Diego 350 continues to push for local politicians to support the Green New Deal.

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San Diego Officials Push Tourist Tax Hike For Civic Projects

Oct. 10
By Erik Anderson

San Diego civic leaders revive a ballot measure to pay for the expansion of the convention center, homeless programs and road paving.

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Report: Wildfires Cutting Into Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Oct. 8
By Erik Anderson

California’s frequent wildfires are hurting efforts to stem climate change.

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Del Mar, California Coastal Commission Clash Over Climate Change Plan

Oct. 7
By Erik Anderson

The city of Del Mar and the California Coastal Commission are set to lock horns next week over how the city will deal with rising sea levels.

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Ocean Beach Paddle Out To Focus On Clean Ocean Water

Oct. 4
By Erik Anderson

Surfers and others will paddle around the OB Pier on Sunday to celebrate efforts to clean up the ocean.

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