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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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How Ice A Half A World Away Affects Southern California Sea Levels

June 17
By Erik Anderson

Scripps researchers are examining the changing ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica and considering the implications for Southern California.

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San Diego Young People Rally To Bring Attention To Climate Change

June 14
By Erik Anderson

Dozens of San Diego high school students will gather Saturday for the region’s first youth climate action summit.

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Researchers: Rare Antarctic Ice Tear May Impact Global Climate

June 10
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are part of a team unlocking some important clues about huge holes that sometimes form in the ice shelf surrounding Antarctica.

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Protesters Target Rep. Davis For Green New Deal In San Diego

June 7
By Erik Anderson

Protesters gathered outside the San Diego congressional office of Rep. Susan Davis Friday morning to ask her to support the Green New Deal.

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Specialized Gardens Offer More Than A Wing And A Prayer To Troubled Monarch Butterflies

June 7
By Erik Anderson

The last two years have not been kind to the monarch butterflies living along the West Coast. The population of the iconic insect may have fallen below a critical level.

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Fixes Could Finally Be Coming For Mexico’s Cross-Border Sewage Spills

June 5
By Erik Anderson

Sewage tainted water repeatedly crosses the U.S.-Mexico border and fouls south San Diego County ocean waters, but local officials have a reason for optimism.

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Clock Ticking On Northern White Rhino

May 20
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo researchers are caring for two pregnant southern white rhinos that are a key part in the plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos. The extinction clock is ticking because only two northern whites remain alive.

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State Funds Paying For More Air Pollution Monitoring In San Diego

May 10
By Erik Anderson

San Diego officials are using a state grant to find out where the county has air pollution issues.

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Alpha Project Celebrates Opening Of Apartments That House San Diego Vets

May 7
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego-based Alpha Project celebrated the recent opening of an apartment complex aimed at getting homeless vets into housing.

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Balboa Park Trees Are Stressed, But There's Hope

May 7
By Erik Anderson

The health of the trees in one of San Diego’s largest park is getting some extra attention because the urban forest here isn’t as healthy as it used to be.

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