Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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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

More water coming to LA as Owens Valley dispute ends

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.

Road to China-US climate accord paved partly by California

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.

LA planning officials: no moratorium on fracking 'at this time'

A report from L.A.'s planning department says a local ban on fracking could conflict with state authority to regulate the practice.

State regulators make tough new demands of battery recycler

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.

With Measure W, Claremont could continue private-company water revolution

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.

Fracking bans pass in 2 counties, fail in Santa Barbara

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 $7.5 billion water bond passed: Now what?

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.

California drought: Urban water conservation plateaus

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.

UCLA water break prompts sticker shop owners to act

A brother and sister are challenging Angelenos to recoup water lost during the UCLA water main break through conservation.

Voting for Controller matters to California's environment

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?”

Next steps for desert renewable energy plan: public meetings

Officials plan to explain what the plan would do and take comments from stakeholders. Critics say the public comment period is too short.

'Fracking' fight heats up ballot in Santa Barbara

Though hydraulic fracturing is seldom used in Santa Barbara County, the controversial technique looms large on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Election 2014 FAQ: Prop 1 — the state's big water bond

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.

Drought: LA water use drops nearly 9 percent, Calif. down 11

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.

Local town relies on neighbors to ease ongoing water shortage

Lake of the Woods near the Tejon Pass remains vulnerable to the drought even after the state removes it from a list tracking severe water shortages.