Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

Opposition forces retooling for desert renewables plan

A barrage of criticism is forcing federal and state officials to change a major plan about how to balance big energy projects with protecting California wildlands.

Elections 2015: LA voters approve charter amendments, city council newbies

Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.

California drought: City dwellers cut water use by just 9 percent in January

"People were really great about turning off their sprinklers when it was raining," said a state scientist. In January, "people turned those sprinklers right back on."

Unusual coalition sues to block LA's port railyard expansion

Lawsuit contends that railyard would do irreparable harm to local communities

Election 2015: Hermosa Beach Measure O would OK oil drilling

City residents face a choice of either allowing oil drilling in the oceanside enclave or paying millions to settle a legal dispute.

La Habra Heights jolted into debate over oil, Measure A

The town's efforts to ban hydraulic fracturing could lead to a court battle, but backers say event that would send a message to Sacramento.

Public input ends for desert renewable energy plan

Both environmentalists and renewable energy companies have reservations about proposal to set aside huge swaths of desert for wind, solar and geothermal projects.

Air regulators likely to stick with low carbon fuel plans

Legal battles have necessitated the vote, likely to reauthorize the low carbon fuel standard and give manufacturers 5 years to lighten their carbon footprint.

'Explosion' at ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance

An explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance left at least two people with minor injuries and prompted a local road closure.

Visualizing sea level rise through King Tides

During three winter months every year, the backbeat of California's coast changes. King Tides, the highest highs and lowest lows, offer a glimpse of sea level rise.

California drought: Are rain barrels really a good idea?

A UC Davis engineering professor worries that California's obsession with rain barrels is blinding the state to its costs.

Lawsuit links Phillips 66 Carson expansion to 'tar sands'

Communities for a Better Environment has filed a lawsuit claiming air regulators erred in approving expansion plans for Phillips 66 in the city of Carson.

California cuts December water use 22 percent, meets Brown's goal

The South Coast region saw the state's third-highest conservation rates, but regulators warn that a dry January may erode gains.

Shell pays $90 million to settle Carson Carousel claims

Decades ago, developers built homes on top of buried pits of waste oil. Tests show that oil has contaminated the soil, which residents say causes health problems.

California Drought: Los Angeles to capture, use stormwater

For the first time, L.A. is talking about making rainfall a small but reliable part of the city’s water sources — about 4 percent of annual supplies.