Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

In Governor's budget proposal, green is good

Surging revenue returned a wave of funding to environmental issues in California, as Governor Jerry Brown released his budget Thursday.

Company hopes to make Hollywood greener with new lighting

Hive's plasma bulbs looking to replace energy-sucking tungsten bulbs

LA sues to keep AllenCo's South LA oil facility shut

City Atty. Mike Feuer says while AllenCo has shut down voluntarily, a lawsuit is needed to protect the public.

LA is somewhat on top of sea level risk, says USC report

How vulnerable is Los Angeles to rising sea levels? A report out today from USC says the city’s preparations for encroaching shorelines has been uneven.

Winter snowpack survey offers 'dismal' outlook for state's water

California water managers greeted the first Sierra Nevada snow pack survey of the year with words like “abysmal” and “dismal” describing potential water supplies.

Delta Conservation Plan's skipper joins environmental group

Jerry Meral will advocate for a controversial $25 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.

Solar added more power to state electric grid than ever before

Thursday marked a milestone for California solar energy, with the state's solar facilities adding enough electricity into the state grid for about 3 million homes

2013 Review: A look back at the year's biggest environment stories

This past year, many Southern California communities were pitted against big polluters or regulatory agencies, especially in places like Boyle Heights, Vernon and Huntington Park.

Air regulators seek public comment on Vernon battery recycler

More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.

UCLA's 'Grand Challenge' to make LA's water 100 percent local

Its goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."

Why LA's local water strategy is like 'Superman 3'

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.

Brown, So Cal water agencies hope to remake Sacramento Delta

Gov. Jerry Brown and Southern California water interests are top supporters of a plan to restore Sacramento Delta habitat while shoring up water delivery systems.

Scientists-turned-detectives look to crack the case of the missing DDT

Only 10 percent of the amount of DDT expected to be in ocean sediment off Palos Verdes was found in the last round of testing.

Audubon's Baldwin Hills program nurtures conservation through science, art

L.A. Audubon’s Baldwin Hills initiative nurtures conservation in Dorsey High School students, while encouraging them to cross-pollinate their research with art.

Coral reefs may delay damage from increasingly acidic ocean water

Scripps researcher says reefs can reduce the rate of ocean acidification, but at some cost to their own health.