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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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Scripps Oceanography Pioneer Arrhenius Dead At 96

Feb. 15
By Erik Anderson

Gustaf Arrhenius, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher who helped shape the region’s scientific future, died Feb. 3.

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SDSU Pushes Forward With Plans For Mission Valley Stadium Site

Feb. 8
By Erik Anderson

San Diego State University is taking important steps in the process to reshape the Mission Valley stadium site and turn it into an auxiliary campus.

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SDSU Moving Forward On Mission Valley Development

Feb. 8
By Erik Anderson

The University is reaching out to the public as part of the school's commitment to observe the California Environmental Quality Act as it moves forward with plans to reshape the Mission Valley stadium site.

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New Tool Helps Forecasters Measure Systems Carrying Rain

Feb. 5
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers have developed a new weather forecasting tool that will give them a better idea of the impact of incoming storm systems.

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Thousands Of Birds Die At Salton Sea; Avian Cholera Suspected

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson

Bird die-off at the Salton Sea could be an indicator that the ecological health of the lake is getting worse.

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California Backs Imperial Beach Climate Change Lawsuit

Feb. 1
By Erik Anderson

California is asking to keep an Imperial Beach climate change lawsuit against the oil industry in state court.

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San Diego Mayor Plans To Talk About Cross-Border Sewage During Mexico Trip

Jan. 31
By Erik Anderson

Mayor Kevin Faulconer plans to discuss cross-border sewage when he travels to Mexico in March.

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Southern California Santa Ana Wind Events May Become Concentrated In Winter

Jan. 30
By Erik Anderson

The season for Santa Ana winds may be shrinking, but the risk of dangerous wildfires remains.

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Scripps Institution Scientists Study Imperial Beach As Sea Level Rises

Jan. 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego scientists are spending more time in Imperial Beach these days, because the coastal community could be a canary for sea level rise.

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San Diego Joins Legal Fight Against Cross-Border Pollution

Jan. 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego has decided to join the legal effort to stop cross-border sewage flows. The city is joining the state's lawsuit against the federal government.

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