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

California homes save water; development continues despite drought

If a crippling drought isn't enough, California also suffers from a housing shortage. Nearly 40 million people live here, with more on the way, raising questions about the water needed to support them.

Appeals court throws out water rates meant to spur conservation

The court rules San Juan Capistrano did not justify its sliding scale of water rates and violated state law meant to curb arbitrary pricing.

Drought: Without snow, LADWP's water pumping might suffer

Los Angeles ability to pump water from Inyo County may be limited this year, in another possible consequence of an extremely dry winter in California.

Drought: 10 things to know about California water use

There's a lot of talk and finger-pointing about water use in California. Here's what you need to know.

Metropolitan Water District committee votes to curtail water allocations

Member agencies serving 19 million people across Southern California and San Diego County are expected to get 15 percent less water than they've requested.

POLL: Can cartoons convince you to save water?

LA's "Drop" is just the latest in a long line of characters that have been trying to get us to save water for years.

LA officials look to lower city's water reduction target

Water officials think setting the baseline year to measure water reductions at 2013 doesn't take into account conservation efforts LA put in place prior.

Water board releases reduction proposal: LA to cut use 20 pct

The city of L.A. would have to cut water use by 20 percent from what it used in 2013 according to a proposed sliding scale of water cuts released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

USC study finds urchins work overtime to cope with rising ocean acidity

But the energy devoted to surviving high acidity levels leaves urchin vulnerable to other environmental stressors like disease and pollution.

Electricity 'sippers' could pay more with upcoming rate changes

Southern California Public Radio's Molly Peterson breaks down what will change and what this means at bill time.

Electricity rates could be changing; those who use less could pay more

State regulators may soon release changes to electricity rates; people who use the most power could pay less.

California Drought: Long Beach cracks down, hits a McDonald's with fine for wasting water

A year after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, the city of Long Beach is moving away from trying to entice water conservation with friendly reminders.

#ISeeChange: What the blooming Pink Trumpet Tree means

KPCC and I have been asking you whether something is changing in your environment. Let me explain why.

California regulators extend, expand drought restrictions

The state will put new restrictions on how hotels, restaurants and residents use water

Exide to shut down permanently under deal with US Attorney

The deal ends a federal criminal investigation over environmental pollution and absolves liability for the embattled company while preserving money for cleanup.