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

In Calif Drought News: Rationing unlikely, Obama's golf trip

In our round-up of the state's drought news, a piece on why rationing is unlikely, farmers call on more federal water oversight, and Obama's golf trip upsets water activists.

Darker Arctic revealed by ice melt, Scripps researchers say

As ice in the Arctic circle retreats, Earth's darker surfaces absorb more of the sun’s energy, according to researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Revised plan makes compromises for Yosemite visitors

The Merced Wild and Scenic Rivers Plan will keep but relocate the ice rink, retain the historic Sugar Pine Bridge, and cap the number of daily visitors.

Cities, states say climate hazards, drought need urgent action

At a closed-door meeting in Los Angeles, local politicians offered federal officials views on adapting to climate change and preparing for hazards like drought.

Ivanpah, controversial desert solar project, goes online

With a footprint covering more than five square miles, Ivanpah's fields of mirrors direct sunshine into towers that generate enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

Drought: SoCal water district declares 'water supply alert'

The water supplier for 19 million southern Californians has triggered more rebates for water conservation and is calling to slake the state’s thirst.

3 mountain lion kittens killed in traffic

Wildlife experts in the mountains say the two separate incidents reflect the difficulty the big cats face in moving around an urbanized landscape.

Exide seeks time to comply with new arsenic emissions rule

Vernon-based Exide is petitioning in LA Superior Court and directly to air regulators to have a recently-passed air quality rule scrubbed.

Drought: Town north of LA faces prospect of dry wells

State health officials say 17 communities are at risk of running out of water by May, including Lake of the Woods, a Kern County community above the Tejon Pass.

Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards nominated for DWP GM

Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards has been nominated to be the next general manager of the Department of Water and Power, replacing departing chief Ron Nichols.

Garcetti nominates Anaheim's Marcie Edwards to LADWP's top post

If confirmed, Edwards would be DWP's first woman GM. She and Garcetti say that the largest municipal utility in the country needs reform and transparency.

Gov. Brown to water leaders: Drought is a 'wake-up call'

At a meeting Thursday with the governor, Jeff Kightlinger of the Metropolitan Water District said he'll be asking the board to double the budget for conservation.

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.