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

California Drought News: Workers leaving, water pumping, and desalinating

Stories about policies that affect some water rights holders and not others point to inequities in a state that can't quite ask everyone to conserve, even in drought.

Air pollution at LAX worse than previously known

An area where hundreds of thousands of people live east of LAX is polluted with at least double the ultrafine particulates that fall on surrounding areas, says a USC team.

Seeking waste, LA's water cop patrols city streets

The head of the DWP’s Water Conservation Response Unit enforces water restrictions and promotes conservation. He's more Officer Friendly than Johnny Law.

Los Angeles River recreation zones open up for the summer

Sunrise to sunset, in the Sepulveda Basin and Elysian Valley, you can fish and walk along the L.A. riverbed between now and Labor Day. But the big draw is kayaking.

California Drought News: The crop that will be hit hardest?

Friday's news is packing up for the long weekend. Before you go, find out which crop's price will jump the most thanks to water shortages.

Heal the Bay says LA surf is cleaner… thanks to the drought

Enjoy summer, says environmental group Heal the Bay, in its reading of public beach water quality tests. Come winter we could see more rain and more pollution again.

Cutting carbon is cheaper than its costs, report says

Environmental groups have released a study concluding the state could save $10 billion by 2020 with alternative fuels and new infrastructure.

California Drought News: Surprise! A thirsty SF Bay Area?

Monday's drought news wishes it could sneak up and surprise you, but only one story has a chance to do it, and it's about how much water the SF Bay Area uses.

Drought: SoCal relies more on groundwater, but there are problems

Water officials are trying to make the region less dependent on water piped in from elsewhere by focusing on local sources, especially those underground.

Drought News: Will El Niño be Godzilla or El Fizzle?

Today's roundup includes El Niño probabilities, wells in Mendocino, almonds in Clovis, groundwater management in Paso Robles and fines in Santa Cruz.

Stanford divests from coal-related assets

The school becomes the largest higher-education endowment fund to divest from fossil fuel-related concerns.

Urban heat a major byproduct of climate change, report says

Advocates for climate mitigation policies say Los Angeles and other Southwest cities are taking steps to cut urban temperatures.

Supreme Court says LA County responsible for stormwater pollution

The county had argued that there are too many sources of storm water pollution to make any one entity solely responsible for cleaning it up.

California Drought News: Fewer cows and more fires

If Monday's news were a meal, the main course would be wildfire. The side dishes would be stories about business, water technology, and incentives. And no limes.

LADWP switching to less hazardous, tastier drinking water

All of LA’s drinking water soon will be disinfected with the chemical compound chloramine, instead of the chlorine that’s been used for decades.