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

County supervisor pushes reconsideration of rules near Inglewood Oil Field

People who live near the Inglewood Oil field in southwest Los Angeles are once again seeking new rules to limit the impacts of drilling on nearby neighborhoods. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

More germ-filled soups where beach days should be, study finds

High bacteria levels closed beaches less last year than the year before. But the new beach water quality report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says there are still plenty of days when the local surf is a germ-filled soup. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

Diverse views, high stakes at marine protected areas meeting

A state Fish and Game oversight panel is meeting in Santa Monica to study proposals for limiting access in parts of state waters to protect marine life. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

LADWP says conservation is working

Los Angeles residents used less water last month than in any other June for the last 32 years. That’s according to new numbers from the L.A. Department of Water and Power. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports L.A. is making progress saving water.

LA Council to consider changing nearly new water rules

As homeowners’ lawns turn brown in the summer heat, the Los Angeles City Council will consider changing water conservation rules for L.A. parks and other large landowners. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that this follows about 50 days after the rules took effect.

Water saving ordinance, a green building measure, passes in LA

New buildings in Los Angeles will need water-saving fixtures and plumbing under an ordinance the city council unanimously approved Wednesday.

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.