Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
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.
Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.
"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."
Lawsuit contends that railyard would do irreparable harm to local communities
City residents face a choice of either allowing oil drilling in the oceanside enclave or paying millions to settle a legal dispute.
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.
Both environmentalists and renewable energy companies have reservations about proposal to set aside huge swaths of desert for wind, solar and geothermal projects.
Legal battles have necessitated the vote, likely to reauthorize the low carbon fuel standard and give manufacturers 5 years to lighten their carbon footprint.
An explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance left at least two people with minor injuries and prompted a local road closure.
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.
A UC Davis engineering professor worries that California's obsession with rain barrels is blinding the state to its costs.
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.
The South Coast region saw the state's third-highest conservation rates, but regulators warn that a dry January may erode gains.
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.
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.