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

City of LA adopts water conservation measures

The Los Angeles City Council has passed a wide-ranging ordinance aimed at improving water conservation in the city. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Santa Barbara oil drilling plan resurrected

Some of the money lawmakers hope will close California’s deficit could come from a Santa Barbara oil project killed in January. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that offshore drilling could now create big controversy.

National environmental group finds sustainable SoCal cities

Three Southland cities have earned spots in a national environmental group’s ranking for sustainability. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

On west side, Angelenos express interest in wise water use

Los Angeles officials have chosen houses in the Mar Vista area to test a water-capturing project that involves rain barrels. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that the neighborhood’s interested in aggressive water-saving tactics.

Mar Vista aims to use water wisely

Homeowners in Mar Vista and Venice are hosting a “Wise Water Use” expo Tuesday at the Mar Vista Park Auditorium.

Villaraigosa, DWP hope to develop green power, jobs with JPL, Caltech

The city of Los Angeles will collaborate with NASA and the California Institute of Technology to develop new water and power efficiency projects. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that L.A. officials hope the partnership will generate jobs.

Federal money coming for California's marine environment

Federal and state officials have say nearly $25 million will come to California and 17 coastal counties for environmental improvement projects. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the funding, announced today in Dana Point, is intended to offset the effects of offshore oil and gas production.

Federal law funds state coastal improvement projects

Proceeds from federal oil and gas revenues will generate almost $25 million for environmental improvements for California and 17 of its counties along the coast. The Coastal Impact Assistance Program allocates $1 billion to six states in which oil and gas operations have harmed the environment.

Exclusive: Local air regulators investigating ammonia spill at Chevron

Air quality regulators say they’re investigating a leak of ammonia vapor from the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Edison educates homeowners to encourage rooftop solar

Southern California Edison has been hosting weekly workshops to educate homeowners about the ins and outs of adding solar panels to the roof. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that regional interest in rooftop solar is heating up.

Investor-owned utility educates public about rooftop solar opportunities

In Claremont tonight, Southern California Edison’s scheduled a workshop for homeowners interested in rooftop solar systems.

LA port officials cut fees for cargo to keep boxes stacked high

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a discount aimed at keeping cargo moving through the Port of Los Angeles. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on efforts to keep the port afloat.

Price of permits for solar power drop in LA county

Los Angeles County has lowered the cost of a permit for installing solar panels on your rooftop. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

City planners hope to keep Arcadia ideal with new land use rules

City leaders in Arcadia are meeting Tuesday to consider whether proposed land use rules meet new state standards. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

$1m federal grant to upgrade criminalists’ background in DNA for LA

$1million of federal money awarded to Cal State Los Angeles will help LA city and county catch up on the analysis of old evidence from sexual assault cases.