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

Cash for Grass: How well is it working?

Metropolitan Water District offers $2 for each square foot of ditched grass. Interest in the program has grown, but adoption has not.

California board considers wasting water fines up to $500/day

The State Water Resources Control Board is considering emergency regulations that could penalize residents who use too much water with fines of up to $500 a day.

California Drought News: Nosily nudging neighbors to save

Monday's news is nosy about your neighbors' groundwater drilling logs, and is nudging your urban-homeowner neighbor to conserve more water.

Oxnard cites sea level rise in fight against coastal power plant

With an eye toward planning for climate change, the Ventura County city of Oxnard is fighting plans for a new power plant along the coast.

Chromium 6 drinking water rules take effect, frustrating some suppliers

The toughest-in-the-nation regulation was three contentious years in the making, and it presents a challenge for many smaller water suppliers around the state.

Drought News: Views about saving water, plus fireworks!

It shouldn't be a major shock and surprise that it's a bad year to set off fireworks in most parts of California. I wonder whether that will stop anyone.

Drought News: Sex in conservation ads, freedom for water markets

Friday's news is a little worried about whether San Francisco's 8-year-olds are gonna ask questions about the city's new, suggestive public education campaign.

Toxic regulators sue FedEx over hazardous shipments

An investigation into a fire four years ago in San Diego prompted a wider inquiry into how FedEx handles restricted chemicals at all of its California facilities.

California beaches cleaner after drier winter

The Natural Resources Defense Council places California’s beaches 11th among 30 U.S. coastal states in meeting federal pollution standards.

Environmental groups challenge coal export leases in Long Beach

An appeal of a harbor commission decision earlier this month move amplifies locally a growing national debate over the safety and legality of coal exports.

California Drought News: Navy showers, sudden oak death and more

Monday's news takes note of the fact that the US and Portugal took the first water break of the FIFA World Cup — it was more than 90 degrees after dark in the Arena Amazonia.

Chinatown's 40th anniversary is the hottest year on record

Good news for people who like bad news: June is when drought news stops being about the hope of rainfall, and becomes about the fear of wildfire.

Toxics regulators give Exide 30 days to fix permit problems (Update)

Troubled lead battery recycler, Exide Technologies, will lose permission to handle hazardous waste in Vernon unless it fixes problems in its application to do so.

Drought News: No guarantee of a wet winter, says UC Davis

It's okay to hope for things, like strong U.S. play against Ghana in the World Cup. Today's news reminds us that hope can't fix a drought, and rain might not come.

Drought News: Big questions and short-term memory loss

Could California conserve its way out of the drought? Or will we rely on El Niño to save us? And does anyone remember that it was really hot about a month ago?