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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

Tease photo for Koalas Suffer In The Wild, But Get He...

Koalas Suffer In The Wild, But Get Help From San Diego

Jan. 10
By Erik Anderson

The San Diego Zoo is trying to rescue koalas in danger of dying in Australia's ferocious bush fires.

Future, at barely a week old, stands by mom Ama...

Frozen Skin Cells Could Create A New Future For Endangered Northern White Rhinos

Dec. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers are making progress on a long-running plan to revive a nearly extinct rhino species. Two rhino births this year were important steps.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

California Could See Storm Damages Costing A Billion Dollars Each Year

Dec. 6, 2019
By Erik Anderson

California can expect to sustain significant economic damage from storm systems known as atmospheric rivers.

Al Gore addresses the audience about climate ch...

Former VP Al Gore Warns Salk Audience Of Rapidly Warming Climate

Dec. 4, 2019
By Erik Anderson

The former vice president warns a San Diego audience that climate change is already happening.

Week-old rhino getting used to the surroundings...

New Rhino Born In San Diego Key To Research Effort

Nov. 27, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Safari Park officials are keeping a close eye on the 100th southern white rhino born at the park, because it is an important part of a long-running rhino recovery effort.

San Diego State University Master's student Gab...

Oysters To Serve As Biological Sensors In San Diego Estuaries

Nov. 25, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego researchers hope oysters give them a unique peek into the health of local estuaries.

A platypus on display at the San Diego Zoo Safa...

Rare Platypus On Display At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Nov. 22, 2019
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes two platypuses from Australia.

Waves as seen from the Ocean Beach pier, July 2...

California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise

Nov. 15, 2019
By Erik Anderson

California gets the nation’s best marks for protecting the coast in the latest Heal the Bay state-of-the-beach survey.

A tree with carved up bark stands near the San ...

Climate Activists Cast Shade On San Diego's Ambitious Tree Planting Efforts

Nov. 13, 2019
By Erik Anderson

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable.

The Environmental Protection Agency has release...

Report: Fossil Fuel Investments Cost California Pension Funds Money

Nov. 5, 2019
By Erik Anderson

Activists are pushing the state's second largest pension fund to dump fossil fuel stocks.

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