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

Behind $2.5M deal for Facebook co-founder's 'Lord of the Rings' wedding

Facebook co-founder Sean Parker proposes a $2.5 million settlement with the Coastal Commission for damage done to the Big Sur coast for his "Rings"-themed wedding.

LA-area battery recycler seeks another chance after shutdown (Timeline)

At a hearing this week, Exide will argue that the Department of Toxic Substances Control should not have closed the Vernon plant over contamination concerns.

Congressman calls for health study of Taylor Yards soot

A congressman and a councilman-elect join Cypress Park and Elysian Valley residents in urging Metrolink to assess the health risks of Taylor Yards operations.

Power outage at ExxonMobil oil refinery in Torrance

Mylar balloon causes power outage and evacuation at ExxonMobil oil refinery Thursday in Torrance.

Anti-fracking activists to coordinate protests in California

Activists will deliver petitions asking lawmakers to tighten fracking regulations and will march at the governor's L.A. office with the director of "Gasland."

Next10 challenges you to cut California's carbon

Ever think about back seat driving California’s efforts to cut carbon? A hypnotic new website puts the secret policy wonks among us in the driver's seat.

Dry winter keeps Heal the Bay's beach grades high

Santa Monica based Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card is out. While the group found cleaner beaches in LA county, the dirtiest spots are familiar ones.

LA's next mayor must make choices on water, transit, toxic hotspots

LA's next mayor will face the challenge of increasing the local supply of water, maintaining momentum on mass transit projects, and fighting pollution in toxic hotspots.

Long Beach to sue Los Angeles over railyard expansion near port

The Long Beach City Council has authorized the city attorney to sue the city of Los Angeles over the Southern California International Gateway.

Governor proposes raid of cap-and-trade proceeds

Governor Jerry Brown plans to balance the budget with $500 million from a program to fight climate change - a move that has stirred up clean air advocates.

LA City Council approves railyard project near Port of LA

The LA City Council voted 11 to 2 in favor of the $500 million project, known as the Southern California International Gateway. An environmental group vows to sue.

Controversial SCIG railyard up for a vote at LA City Council

Port businesses and labor unions will square off against community groups as the LA city council considers a $500 million railyard planned near Wilmington.

Prop 65 reform backed by LA legislator wins Brown's support

Governor Jerry Brown will work toward reforming Proposition 65, a law passed a quarter-century ago that aims to protect Californians from harmful chemicals.

Malibu Lagoon State Beach is set to reopen

After years of lawsuits and angry protests, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is scheduled to reopen on Friday. Officials say they've restored the lagoon's health.

Orange County, cities, regulators battle over fire rings

Local air regulators want to ban beach fire rings, saying they're unhealthy. But Orange County and some of its cities are fighting the proposal.