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

LA voters to decide on solar energy measure

Everybody likes the idea of solar energy, at least that's what the backers of one Los Angeles ballot measure are counting on. Tomorrow, Angelenos will consider whether Measure B will deliver more power from the sun to the city. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that some people who support solar don't support the plan.

Environmental group promotes method to store rainfall

Every time it rains, even just half an inch, Los Angeles lets billions of gallons of water flow into storm drains. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that people are employing new twists on old technologies to hold onto some of that bounty during a drought.

LA uses LEDs for street lights, cheaper to operate

The city of Los Angeles plans to retrofit 140,000 of its residential street lights with technology that uses less energy. City Council President Eric Garcetti says that light emitting diodes – or LEDs – cost less to power up than the incandescent lights L.A. uses now.

Long Beach sees results with water conservation effort

This winter, California water officials had hoped for a wet January and for a deep snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. They got neither. Now some Southland water managers are making rationing plans. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that one city believes it's found another way.

State Lands commission nixes offshore oil drilling compromise

The State Lands Commission has rejected a proposal that could have allowed new drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports central coast supporters of the project were surprised by the vote.

Scientists study oil seepage to learn more about climate

The state lands commission considers today whether to allow an oil company to drill new wells from an existing platform off the Central Coast. California oil-seekers have long chased tar balls and oil slicks to determine where to drill. Now, scientists are using seabed seeps of oil and gas to learn more about climate. KPCC's Molly Peterson talked with some UC scientists who study seeps in Santa Barbara.

Historic Santa Barbara oil spill changed opinions on offshore drilling

Forty years ago today, Santa Barbara's Platform A began spurting oil into coastal waters. The multimillion gallon spill didn't stop for months, but it immediately changed the way southern Californians regarded offshore oil drilling. KPCC's Molly Peterson has this story on what people in Santa Barbara think about the practice now.

Environmental groups have had to wait on money from state

Southland water conservation groups say the budget battle in Sacramento is holding up environmental projects. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Environmental group takes regional water agency to task

Environmental group Heal the Bay says Los Angeles' regional water quality agency is allowing sewage plants and other polluters to send toxic substances into local waters without penalty. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Astronomy convention in Long Beach aims to inspire celestial curiosity

The International Year of Astronomy made its American debut in Long Beach during a meeting of the nation's top scientists in the field. KPCC's Molly Peterson was there for the launch.

Mount Wilson telescope turns 100

It's been a century since the Mount Wilson Observatory arose almost 6,000 feet above Pasadena. Cutting-edge astronomy happened there before technology, development, and environmental changes made its original 60-inch telescope a relic. Southern Californians can still use it to sample the stars. KPCC's Molly Peterson made a pilgrimage.

Audubon Society holds annual bird count

For almost a century, Southland bird lovers have ventured out at dawn on winter days to tally every flash of feathers and every call they can identify. The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is in progress around the United States until early next month. KPCC's Molly Peterson met some participants in Malibu.

Volunteers help read to kids

As part of KPCC's Season's Givings series, Molly Peterson has a profile of the "Reading to Kids" organization. The group holds monthly reading clubs at which volunteers read to kids of various ages.

State air regulators to decide on future of California's greenhouse gas law

In Sacramento today, state air regulators will meet to approve a blueprint for California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that two years into the law's planning, the debate focuses on its economic effects.

Volunteers help teach kids science at downtown LA museum

As part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Molly Peterson talks to volunteers at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.