Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.
Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."
A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.
Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.
She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.
Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.
Stories by Molly Peterson
A zoning administrator will likely approve expanded work at a south L.A. oil site in a routine hearing. West Adams neighbors say the hearing is anything but.
Next year water for at least 43,000 people will now come to L.A. rather than go for dust-control at the Owens Dry Lake bed, under a new settlement.
As the ink dries on an agreement between the U.S. and China to curb carbon emissions, regulators and others say California's example loomed large.
A report from L.A.'s planning department says a local ban on fracking could conflict with state authority to regulate the practice.
Under the terms of a new order, Exide must pay fines, triple the money it's set aside for future liability and clean up pollution at its Vernon plant.
The city of Claremont could upend its water delivery service after voters there approved a measure aimed at combating rate hikes by the Golden State Water Company.
Mendocino and San Benito voters have voted to limit non-conventional oil production techniques, but a similar measure failed in Santa Barbara, where the techniques could get used.
California will start selling bonds right away, but it could be years, if not decades, before residents see full drought-resiliency benefits from Proposition 1.
Californians cut water use more than 10 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago, according to new numbers released by state water officials.
A brother and sister are challenging Angelenos to recoup water lost during the UCLA water main break through conservation.
The most important question I’ve been asked about the statewide Controller race this year is the same question I get every year. “Wait, we have one?”
Officials plan to explain what the plan would do and take comments from stakeholders. Critics say the public comment period is too short.
Though hydraulic fracturing is seldom used in Santa Barbara County, the controversial technique looms large on the Nov. 4 ballot.
A major bond aims to make California's water supplies more resilient. Carrying a hefty price tag, it divides environmentalists, farmers, and other interest groups.
Californians still haven't cut their water use by 20 percent as the governor requested when he declared drought. But conservation is trending is in the right direction.