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

Here's why we're putting a GPS tracker in a mattress (updated)

Will it go to a landfill? An unlicensed refurbish? The house of a person who really, really wants a mattress? We'll have that here, and more updates.

Drought: To wash or not to wash your car? 4 things to know

We did the homework for you. Here are the advantages and drawbacks to all the ways you can wash your car while California's in a water shortage.

LA supervisors criticize 'piecemeal' cleanup around Exide

L.A. County supervisors have signed a letter imploring the governor to intervene in the cleanup of contamination around the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.

Exide to remove lead-polluted soil from 2 homes

The company was ordered by toxics regulators to dig up polluted soil around two private residences after tests revealed lead exceedances at the properties.

Involve the public in transportation, says UCLA policy paper

Public transit projects are taking longer to plan, approve and build. The blame goes to over-planning, underfunding and regulations that bog down projects.

Los Angeles utility to up energy efficiency 15 percent

Until recently, the LA DWP was failing to meet state goals for reducing electricity demand. Now Los Angeles is on track to exceed them by more than 37 percent.

Meet Lawn Dude: Southern California's new drought spokesman

He’s not really a dude at all. He's got a lawn-green tennis ball for a head…and he’s got a drinking problem that we enable with all our watering.

Statewide water restrictions take effect

In light of the drought, the measures are meant to be a backstop for localities that don't already have mandatory emergency prohibitions in place.

Endangered sea turtles get a break from drift gillnets

Starting today for the next five weeks, fishermen who net swordfish will find a large stretch of local waters closed off to protect sea turtles.

Environmental concerns conflict with pocketbooks in survey

The majority of Californians say the state should do something about climate change, but many don't want to pay more for cleaner energy.

Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

The underground reservoir is an important source of drinking water for residents of San Bernardino, Riverside and surrounding communities.

Drought: 5 things to know about California's new water rules

State water regulators want to make sure local officials have the authority they need to clamp down on water waste in cities. Violating the new rules could cost you $500.

Drought: 12 things to know about lawn replacement programs

Less than one-tenth of one percent of yards in the region have switched using rebates, despite incentives to replace grass lawns with other plants.

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.