Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
L.A.'s Department of Water and Power has employed thousands of workers who have called the Owens Valley home. That's helped shaped the community’s sensibility as much as neighbors' skepticism of L.A.’s thirst.
Southern California still has healthy water reserves – for now. But the concern is over the sources that feed those reserves.
People near a lead battery recycling plant in Vernon demanded answers from regulators and lawmakers about the facility's future during a tense four-hour meeting.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control will issue an order requiring Exide to clean up leaky stormwater pipes and control toxic substances in air emissions.
Previous government shutdowns have given rise to vandalism, ecological damage at National Park sites.
The parties in the case had anticipated a final ruling Tuesday. Whatever a Superior Court judge decides, lawyers for all sides say appeals are likely.
California launches new rules today guiding the use of hazardous chemicals. Regulations about consumer products are both long awaited and cutting edge.
Activists say what happens in a courtroom, and in Whittier, could have ripple effects for open space and land conservation well beyond this small 30-acre patch.
Federal regulators are proposing new limits on carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants. Those kind of rules are old news in California.
Already afoul of air and toxic regulators, Exide must now monitor lead emissions on a daily, not monthly, basis. The company remains in Chapter 11 reorganization.
Supporters of California's push for alternative fuels to lower carbon emissions claim victory. Refiners and ethanol producers say it'll raise prices at the pump.
The idea is to calm concerns in neighborhoods around troubled battery recycler, but public health officials and regulators are offering fewer answers than questions.
California lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that would enact the tightest rules in the nation on fracking.
Sacramento lawmakers are nearing final approval on a wide-ranging bill that would change how energy rates are set for California’s privately owned utilities.
A new genetic profile of Suthern California's green abalone population offers hope about how the once-plentiful sea snails could rebound.