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

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.

Volunteers help LA County Arboretum grow and flower

As part of KPCC's "Season's Givings" series, Molly Peterson visits with volunteers who help maintain the L.A. County Arboretum.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Announces 'Solar LA' Plan

Los Angeles city leaders want 10 percent of L.A.'s energy to come from solar power by 2020. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more.

Fishery managers to temporarily stop practice of trout stocking

State fishery managers will stop adding trout from hatcheries to California streams while biologists figure out whether the practice harms native species already living there. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

Governor Schwarzenegger hosts international climate summit

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's climate summit continues in Beverly Hills today. Last night California and other U.S. states signed an agreement on tropical deforestation with Indonesian and Brazilian regional states. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Agencies disagree over how to stop spread of invasive species

Federal and state land managers know that southern California's rivers and creeks are under increasing threat from New Zealand mud snails. The tiny pests can change the food chain and squeeze out native animals. A new survey of the Malibu Creek watershed finds the snails spreading for the third year in a row. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that not everyone agrees on what to do about them.

Wildfire destroys most of Sylmar mobile home park

The Sayre Fire in Sylmar destroyed 80 percent of the homes in the Oakridge Mobile Home Park. Some of its residents gathered under a freeway overpass near the parks entrance Sunday. KPCC's Molly Peterson was there.

Proposition 10 focuses on alternative fuel vehicles

Proposition 10 on tomorrow's statewide ballot is meant to promote clean energy sources. If voters approve it, California will spend $5 billion of bond money to help people buy alternative-fuel cars and help pay for clean-car research. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the measure's supporters and opponents disagree about whether you'll get what you pay for.

Proposition 7 tackles issue of clean energy

Tuesday's statewide ballot includes the Solar and Clean Energy Initiative. The question known as Proposition 7 would require all California utilities to use clean generation sources for half of their energy within 17 years. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that to speed a move to renewables, the measure promises to streamline some state approvals for big projects.