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

DWP's biggest achievements are environmental, says outgoing chief

Ron Nichols began DWP's phaseout of coal-fired energy.

DWP chief denies departure linked to controversy over $40M

The head of the nation's largest public utility also said he was "dumbfounded" by the DWP labor union's resistance to disclosing financial records.

Colby Fire: Containment estimate doubles from 30 to 61 percent

Fire officials say that containment is going to be later than earlier thought. They appeared to hope that backfires overnight would do more than they have.

AllenCo says it will respond to EPA notice of violations

Federal agency claims oil facility has violated clean air and water regulations.

Air regulators sue Exide, seeking $40 million in penalties

The South Coast Air Quality Management District alleges Exide Technologies has committed numerous air pollution violations linked to lead and arsenic emissions.

Smash hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' comes to LA and Off-Ramp

John Rabe talks with Joseph Fink of the hit podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," about a small desert town that might be run by aliens of a shadow government. The show is coming to LA.

Allenco hit with violations of federal Clean Water, Clean Air Acts

Some Environmental Protection Agency officials got dizzy and nauseous while touring the company's University Park oil pumping facility last October.

Exide faces tighter limits on arsenic emissions

Regional air regulators tighten rules for arsenic and other toxic emissions at Exide and Quemetco, the region's two battery recycling plants.

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