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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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Firebird Plane Can Have Pilot, Or Not

April 18
By Erik Anderson

A plane developed and designed in San Diego could become a widely used surveillance tool.

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Multi-State Colorado River Drought Plan Faces Legal Challenge

April 17
By Erik Anderson

Imperial County water managers sue to stop a Colorado River drought contingency plan recently signed by President Trump.

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San Diego Winter Is Wetter Than Most

April 15
By Erik Anderson

San Diego's wet winter is winding down but there may still be rain coming.

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UCSD Researcher: 'Bee Safe' Label May Not Live Up To Promise

April 11
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego researcher said a recently developed pesticide sold as a "BeeSafe" product may still put the winged pollinators at risk.

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Western Bird Species Are Struggling In Face Of Rapidly Changing Climate

April 8
By Erik Anderson

Climate change appears to be having an impact on the number of birds using the Pacific Flyway

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Cross-Border Dialogue Tackles Cross-Border Pollution Issue

April 5
By Erik Anderson

California officially opened a dialogue with Mexican officials at a field meeting in Imperial Beach and the first topic of discussion was the region’s cross-border sewage issue.

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Conservation Groups Seek Aid For Endangered Monarch Butterflies

April 3
By Erik Anderson

Iconic butterfly gets a plea for congressional support from conservation groups concerned about the population crashing

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Protecting California's Coast With Armor And Habitat

March 26
By Erik Anderson

Engineers are manufacturing a solution to help protect a busy coastal road in San Diego’s North County. If nothing is done, rising sea levels will increasingly threaten to wash out Highway 101 between Encinitas and Solana Beach.

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Salton Sea Management Effort Lags As Water Continues To Recede

March 14
By Erik Anderson

California's largest lake is shrinking, and while the state has promised to manage the Salton Sea, those management efforts are lagging.

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Project Takes Aim At Controlling Salton Sea Dust

March 12
By Erik Anderson

California’s largest lake continues to recede but state efforts to manage the retreat remain largely unfunded.

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