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

For want of a nail

The day Maria Garzino left Florida for New Orleans, in early May of 2006, I was in New Orleans, interviewing Jurjen Battjes: he first launched me down this river. In person, he’s sort of like if you combined the elongated ovularity of Bert with the glasses of Beaker, and just a pinch of Ernie in his grin.

Pumps Under Pressure: Army Corps moves swiftly after storm

KPCC’s Molly Peterson has carried out an extensive investigation of an Army Corps engineer's claim that a key part of New Orleans' rebuilt hurricane protection system will not work, and she has found that claim could very well be true. In the first of four reports, Molly explains why New Orleans needed those new pumps.

Rollin' out the barrels, checkin' on the cistern

LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office has been working with Mar Vista residents to demonstrate a rain barrel project. They’re rolling out the barrels now. (ha!) I plan to go check them out.

Aquatic invaders! (Personally, I prefer hitchhikers. It's nicer.)

The LA Times today reports on a proliferation of Asian clams in Lake Tahoe. The clams have been around for seven years, at least; it's in the last couple that they're really taking off.

Santa Monica park rangers add another mountain lion to tracking group

Park rangers in the Santa Monica Mountains have added another mountain lion to the group they’re tracking in the area. More on the story from KPCC’s Molly Peterson.

The mayor's coal goals

You may have seen this poster around town lately - I first noticed it on a fence at Second and Beaudry, near KPCC's offices.

Friends of Los Encinos consider how to keep park open

One of the many state parks that are threatened with closure due to California's fiscal problems is in Encino. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on Los Encinos, which is named for the coast live oak trees that are native to the valley.

Peregrine falcon no longer endangered in California

State fish and game officials say the peregrine falcon is no longer endangered in California. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the bird is bucking a trend.

Santa Barbara County wildfire forces evacuation for 150 homes

A wildfire has burned more than 50 square miles of land near Santa Barbara. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that the La Brea fire has closed part of a national forest and forced people to evacuate their homes.

Water quality improvements in progress at Southland ports

Harbor officials have approved a plan to improve water quality around San Pedro and Long Beach.

Culver City councilman remains in hospital after late night assault

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a Culver City councilman outside his bar early Sunday morning. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Offshore oil drilling discussion heats up at state lands commission meeting

The prospect of oil drilling off the coast of California spurred heated debate at a meeting of the state lands commission Tuesday. Some environmental advocates argued that policymakers shouldn’t even discuss new exploration for oil offshore.

EPA wants stimulus money for jobs cleaning up contamination

Federal environmental officials say they’ll stimulate interest in green jobs among Los Angeles students using stimulus money. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Lands commission holds hearing on offshore oil, Tranqillon Ridge project

The state lands commission is discussing the risks to the coast from offshore oil drilling in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Villaraigosa at Vegas energy summit; Schwarzenegger skips for family

California political and policy leaders are among those taking part in a national energy summit today in Las Vegas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that green jobs are a hot topic.