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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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New Research Finds Climate Models Mostly Get It Right

May 17
By Erik Anderson

Climate modeling is mostly right when it predicts a changing climate, but forecasts may be too conservative.

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Climate Advocates Push San Diego's Sempra Energy For Change

May 14
By Erik Anderson

Climate advocate rallied to urge San Diego-based Sempra Energy to change how it does business and to stop lobbying for fossil fuels.

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Port Of San Diego, Neighboring Community Striving For Cleaner Air

May 11
By Erik Anderson

The Port of San Diego considers a plan Tuesday that aims to reduce the amount of pollution portside businesses put in the air. The draft policy, however, isn’t getting a warm reception from community advocates.

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Scientists Decode The Physics Of Wave Surfing Pelicans

May 10
By Erik Anderson

UC San Diego researchers have figured out the math that explains how pelicans can fly for miles along the coast while barely flapping their wings.

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San Diego Researcher: Rainforests Thrive Because Of Diversity

May 7
By Erik Anderson

New research shows that rainforest habitats thrive because of the diversity of species, in fact, the habitat may need that diversity.

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Researchers: Gulf Of California Sardine Fishery In Trouble

May 4
By Erik Anderson

A new study by two California researchers finds the sardine fishery in the Gulf of California is under stress from hyper-efficient commercial fishing fleets.

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Sustainability Key To New Exhibits At San Diego Zoo

April 29
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo officials plan to unveil two new exhibits this summer, exhibits that show off hummingbirds and Komodo dragons. They also show off the latest in technology and species management.

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Scientists: Up To 25,000 Barrels At DDT Dump Site In Pacific

April 26
By Associated Press, Erik Anderson

Marine scientists say they have found what they believe to be as many as 25,000 barrels that possibly contain DDT dumped off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island.

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Tijuana River Valley Pummeled By Garbage

April 22
By Erik Anderson

The Tijuana River Valley is frequently swamped with sewage-tainted water, but those cross-border flows also carry trash into an ecologically sensitive region.

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Prominent San Diego Scientists Argue COVID-19 Spreads Like Secondhand Smoke

April 19
By Erik Anderson

Two San Diego researchers hope a new peer-reviewed article helps them convince federal officials to change their opinion of how COVID-19 spreads.

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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.