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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

This region, known as Red Hill Bay, used to be ...

State Water Project Takes Aim At Restoring Salton Sea, Alleviating Health Risks

March 1
By Erik Anderson

State officials hope a restoration project along the southern edge of the Salton Sea steers the region away from an ecological and public health disaster.

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CDC Does Not Change COVID-19 Mask Guidance

Feb. 18
By Erik Anderson

The CDC fails to answer a call from scientists requesting the agency to explain that COVID-19 is spread primarily by people inhaling small tiny virus tainted particles.

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1st Clone Of US Endangered Species, A Ferret, Announced

Feb. 18
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

Scientists have cloned the first U.S. endangered species, a black-footed ferret duplicated from the genes of an animal that died over 30 years ago.

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San Diego Scientists Among Group Calling On CDC To Tighten COVID-19 Guidance

Feb. 17
By Erik Anderson

Two local scientists are among those asking the CDC to do a better job of talking about how COVID-19 spreads.

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State Launches Salton Sea Restoration Effort

Feb. 15
By Erik Anderson

California is poised to begin reshaping the southern edge of the Salton Sea. The receding lake has left behind a dry lakebed that is creating a public health crisis.

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Scripps Researcher Finds Ozone-Eating Chemical Level Falling

Feb. 10
By Erik Anderson

Ozone-eating chemicals surged unexpectedly in 2013, but levels are falling again after scientists identify rogue manufacturers.

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San Diego Officials Call Tijuana River Valley Sewage Flow A Public Health Crisis

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County declared a public health crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border because sewage tainted water continues to flow into the U.S. and the region endures a lot of other pollution.

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Latina San Diego Port Commissioner Fights For Community

Feb. 8
By Erik Anderson

The Unified Port of San Diego welcomed two new commissioners this year including the panel's only Latina.

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San Diego International Airport Workers Asking For COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson

Airport workers push state officials to get the COVID-19 vaccine even though they are not currently eligible.

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SDG&E, UC San Diego Partner To Study Extreme Weather

Feb. 4
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego researchers are sharing resources to better understand how climate-driven extreme weather will impact the Southern California region.

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San Diego Businesswoman Pleads Guilty To $400 Million Ponzi Scheme

July 22, 2020
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.