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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 Scripps Institution Of Oceanography Research Vessel Runs On Hydrogen

July 23
By Erik Anderson

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography is getting a new research ship, and it will be much better for the environment.

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EPA Close To Picking Cross-Border Sewage Fix, But Help Remains Far Off

July 23
By Erik Anderson

Federal money has been set aside to fix the cross border sewage flows fouling local beaches, but that solution remains a long way off.

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San Diego Officials Move Forward With Clean Air Plan

July 16
By Erik Anderson

San Diego neighborhoods near industrial facilities may be on their way to getting cleaner air and healthier populations.

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UCSD Study Finds Some Urban Neighborhoods Are Hotter Than Others

July 13
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego study finds predominantly minority neighborhoods are typically hotter than predominantly white neighborhoods. Density and vegetation may be the reasons why.

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California Grid Managers Worry About Summer Power Supply

July 7
By Erik Anderson

California power managers worry heat, drought and wildfires might make it hard for them to keep electricity flowing to all of the state's power customers this summer.

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Supervisor Vargas Talks About Environmental Justice At The County

July 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego County Supervisors voted to create an office of environmental and climate justice by fall. District 1 supervisor Nora Vargas pushed to make that happen.

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La Jolla Cove Fireworks Show Canceled Due To Lack Of Permit

June 30
By Erik Anderson

San Diego officials said Wednesday that they will not allow a Fourth of July fireworks show planned to take place at La Jolla Cove to go forward due to a lack of required permitting from event organizers, news that delighted an animal rights organization that sued to stop the show.

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Three San Diego County Beaches Ranked Among Cleanest In State

June 29
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego County beaches making the grade were Carlsbad at Encina Creek, Carlsbad at Palomar Airport Road and the Solana Beach Tide Beach Park at Solana Vista Drive.

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Worries Over Nearby Sea Lions Could Derail La Jolla's July 4th Fireworks Show

June 29
By Erik Anderson

The plan to review La Jolla Fourth of July fireworks has hit a legal bump: There are concerns the explosions will impact sea lions who give birth to their young on the rocky shore of La Jolla Point.

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San Diego Researcher Studies Lake Collapse On Antarctica Ice Shelf

June 28
By Erik Anderson

A San Diego researcher has helped an Australian colleague figure out how a massive ice-covered lake on an Antarctic ice shelf disappeared.

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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.