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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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Oceanside's Plan To Recycle Water Gets A Boost From The EPA

Sept. 17
By Erik Anderson

A $70 million loan from the EPA is helping to make Oceanside's Purewater project a reality.

The San Diego Unified School District headquart...

Solar Power Shines On California Schools

Sept. 15
By Erik Anderson

California leads the nation when it comes to solar systems on school property.

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San Diego Zoo Global Shifts Conservation Focus

Sept. 14
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo officials are changing they way they think about conservation and what's involved when they step in to help a threatened species.

Tide pools north of Scripps Pier are protected ...

Too Much Love Harming San Diego Tide Pools

Sept. 7
By Erik Anderson

Environmentalists worry that local tide pools might be attracting too many visitors and that is putting the habitats at risk.

Federal, state, and local officials welcome EPA...

Two Projects Promise Cross-Border Sewage Relief For South Bay Region

Sept. 3
By Erik Anderson

The Environmental Protection Agency is spending money to help stem the flow of sewage tainted water coming into the United States from Tijuana.

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San Diego Water Managers Seek Better Rain Forecast Information

Sept. 1
By Erik Anderson

Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers look at helping water managers get better rain forecast information.

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Some Prominent UCSD Faculty Want County To Slow Business Reopening

Sept. 1
By Erik Anderson

Researchers and scientists are pushing for some restraint as county officials clear the way to reopen more businesses.

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Traffic Returning To San Diego Freeways, But Not To Pre-Pandemic Level ... Yet

Aug. 31
By Erik Anderson

Traffic is finding its way back to San Diego freeways but it has not returned to pre-COVID-19 levels.

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Families Of Those Who Died In Encinitas Bluff Collapse Sue Governments

Aug. 26
By Erik Anderson

A tragic Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three women last summer spawns a lawsuit and legislation.

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Ocean Water Has Record Temperature Off San Diego Coast

Aug. 26
By Erik Anderson

Ocean temperature off San Diego's Scripps Pier is the highest it's been in more than 100 years of testing.

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San Diego Businesswoman Pleads Guilty To $400 Million Ponzi Scheme

July 22
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.