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

Water and power commissioners pass new water pricing plan

Los Angeles water customers could face higher rates on bills this summer after water and power commissioners passed a pricing plan aimed at encouraging less consumption. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Mayor Villaraigosa delivers State of th City address

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on the details of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's State of the City address.

Middle Harbor project may move forward

Long Beach harbor commissioners today consider the environmental effects of a proposed $750 million dollar expansion project. The project would be the second largest in the port's history. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on prospects for the port area known as Middle Harbor.

Metropolitan Water District could cut supplies to customers

Before the week is through, the Metropolitan Water District could cut supplies to its customers for the first time in 18 years. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on what that means for Southern California.

Stimulus includes money for cleaning up school bus pollution

Stimulus money California’s expecting from the federal Environmental Protection Agency includes money for cleaning up pollution from school buses. KPCC’s Molly Peterson explains.

LA City Council delays vote on water rate plan

The Los Angeles City Council has rejected a rate plan from the Department of Water and Power intended to promote water conservation. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that Angelenos may still face new and higher prices for the water they use.

LA city council delays vote to raise water rates

The L.A. City Council has delayed voting on a plan that could raise water rates for homes and businesses this summer. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

LADWP may have to return millions due to court ruling

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power may have to return millions of dollars to its customers if a court ruling becomes final. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Surveyors find more snow than expected in Sierra Nevada snowpack

The state’s final seasonal survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack delivers small comfort to Southern California. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Long Beach port expansion plans move forward after final environmental impact report

Plans for a $750 million expansion at the Port of Long Beach's Middle Harbor are moving forward. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the port released a final environmental report today.

Gas station owners fuming over pollution rule

Today's the day that thousands of California gas stations must meet a state-imposed deadline for new air quality equipment at pumps. By some estimates, half of the gas stations in Southern California won't meet that deadline. KPCC's Molly Peterson met with one owner to find out why.

Griffith Park is designated an LA cultural monument

Neighbors of Griffith Park are celebrating its recently-granted status as a cultural monument in the city of Los Angeles. KPCC's Molly Peterson checked out yesterday's ceremony.

State tries to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

California's moving forward with plans to reduce its greenhouse gases to the emissions levels of 10 years ago. KPCC's Molly Peterson says elected officials and policy makers in the southern part of the state are having a hard time adjusting to the idea of a new, low-carbon diet.

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.