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

Beginning second term, LA mayor vows new, greener jobs, renewable energy

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa again took the oath of office today at City Hall. At the start of his second term, Villaraigosa vowed to create new, eco-friendly job opportunities. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

After years of pressing, California gets to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas

The federal government has decided to grant California the right to regulate vehicle tailpipes for greenhouse gas emissions. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Federal land managers map possible solar projects

Federal land managers say they’ll hasten the development of solar projects on public land in California and five other Western states. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more on the announcement.

Activists, immigrants rights advocates call for US action after Honduras coup

Immigrants rights advocates, progressive activists, and Central Americans who live in Los Angeles say the United States should do as much as possible to support ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Local Honduran community speaks about coup

US President Barack Obama has denounced the coup Sunday in Honduras that ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Latino activists seek support to turn back coup in Honduras

Advocates for Latino and immigrant rights in Los Angeles want the United States and other countries to take a strong stand with the organizers of a recent coup in Honduras.

Palos Verdes pollution cleanup proposed, but environmental, health impacts linger

Almost 40 years after pesticide spilled into the Palos Verdes peninsula, federal and state officials are still getting a handle on how that toxic waste harms marine life - and people who fish for it. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on plans to address a decades-old mess.

Bird conservation group, looking to diversify its flock

Audubon California is expanding the programs at its center in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. It’s looking to increase the local flock of bird enthusiasts. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on the group’s progress.

Cars need cool glass to combat global warming, state air board says

California’s air regulators will require passenger vehicles to have specially coated windshields that reflect sunlight and reduce the need for air conditioning. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the rule starts taking effect in 3 years.

Coolant replacements now believed a greater global warming threat

A new study projects hydrofluorocarbons could speed global warming more than previously thought. Those chemicals mostly replaced other gases believed to destroy the atmosphere. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports some scientists now believe they’re problematic too.

No money for testing DNA evidence, says LA County sheriff

L.A. County has stopped testing DNA evidence from rape and sexual assault cases. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the sheriff says there’s no money for it.

Federal regulators propose pesticide pollution cleanup on ocean floor

The Environmental Protection Agency wants public comment about its plan to clean up pesticide off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Even faced with budget crisis, state grows Green Chemistry

Statewide efforts to rethink how California deals with toxic hazards continue as environmental officials write new rules to govern dangerous substances. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has the latest on California’s so-called “Green Chemistry Initiative.”

EPA proposes Palos Verdes peninsula pollution cleanup

There will be a public hearing this week over federal plans to clean up an enormous deposit of the pesticide DDT off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has a preview.

LA Airport authority's proposed budget pinches pennies

L.A. Airport commissioners are looking at a budget for next year that pushes out maintenance and other costs while the financial crisis still cripples local finances. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.