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

2013 Review: A look back at the year's biggest environment stories

This past year, many Southern California communities were pitted against big polluters or regulatory agencies, especially in places like Boyle Heights, Vernon and Huntington Park.

Air regulators seek public comment on Vernon battery recycler

More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.

UCLA's 'Grand Challenge' to make LA's water 100 percent local

Its goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."

Why LA's local water strategy is like 'Superman 3'

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.

Brown, So Cal water agencies hope to remake Sacramento Delta

Gov. Jerry Brown and Southern California water interests are top supporters of a plan to restore Sacramento Delta habitat while shoring up water delivery systems.

Scientists-turned-detectives look to crack the case of the missing DDT

Only 10 percent of the amount of DDT expected to be in ocean sediment off Palos Verdes was found in the last round of testing.

Audubon's Baldwin Hills program nurtures conservation through science, art

L.A. Audubon’s Baldwin Hills initiative nurtures conservation in Dorsey High School students, while encouraging them to cross-pollinate their research with art.

Coral reefs may delay damage from increasingly acidic ocean water

Scripps researcher says reefs can reduce the rate of ocean acidification, but at some cost to their own health.

State Water Project reservoirs may deliver just 5 percent of demand

The California Department of Water Resources on Wednesday announced one of the smallest initial allocations of water from state-run reservoirs.

DWP's Headworks to replace Silver Lake, Ivanhoe reservoirs

Drinking water in Los Angeles gets high marks. But new federal regulations are requiring expensive changes to L.A.’s water storage system.

LADWP holds public meeting on Owens Valley solar facility

A large array of solar panels the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing for the floor of the Owens Valley will get a public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

LA Aqueduct at 100: Solar, not water, may be new battle in the Owens Valley

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.

LA Aqueduct at 100: LA casts its shadow over the Owens Valley

L.A.'s Department of Water and Power has employed thousands of workers who have called the Owens Valley home. That's helped shaped the community’s sensibility as much as neighbors' skepticism of L.A.’s thirst.

Water officials predict dry winter for Southern California

Southern California still has healthy water reserves – for now. But the concern is over the sources that feed those reserves.

Town hall meeting satisfies few living near Exide's Vernon plant

People near a lead battery recycling plant in Vernon demanded answers from regulators and lawmakers about the facility's future during a tense four-hour meeting.