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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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Baby Rhino In San Diego Gains Weight, Offers Promise For Saving A Species

Aug. 14
By Erik Anderson

The baby rhino born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park two and a half weeks ago is thriving under the watchful protective eye of its mom. It also helps show a way for saving another rhinoceros species.

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San Diego May Get Quicker Water Quality Test For Beaches

Aug. 13
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County officials could be one of the first places in the nation to use a new water-quality test that speeds up the ability to identify dangerous bacteria in coastal waters.

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SDG&E Gets New Helicopter Ahead Of Wildfire Season

Aug. 7
By Erik Anderson, Shalina Chatlani

The news comes as SDG&E and other investor-owned utilities are under increasing pressure to address their role in causing wildfires throughout the state.

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SDSU Basketball Player Touched By El Paso Shooting

Aug. 6
By Erik Anderson

The mass shooting in Texas killed two members of Monique Terry's family.

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Encinitas Bluff Remains Unstable Following Deadly Landslide

Aug. 5
By Erik Anderson

Encinitas officials say the bluff that collapsed last week and killed three people is at risk of another collapse.

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San Diego Zoo's Baby Rhino Has A Name: Edward

July 31
By Erik Anderson

The rhino born in San Diego this past Sunday has a name. Keepers dubbed him Edward.

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Court Stops Proposed Housing Development Near Julian

July 31
By Erik Anderson

A California appeals court has stopped plans to build houses on a 1,400-acre ranch near Julian.

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It's A Boy: San Diego Zoo Announces Historic Birth Of Baby Rhino

July 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo officials recorded a historic rhino birth on Sunday.

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Melting Arctic Ice Caps May Speed Up Global Warming

July 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers say global warming could happen a lot faster than previously thought because of melting sea ice.

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San Diego County Looks To Fix Tijuana River Cross-Border Sewage Flows

July 25
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County officials have identified more than two dozen projects that could help control cross border sewage flows.

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