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

Southern California Edison moving toward 'smarter' grid systems

Southern California Edison officials say the utility is developing systems that use technology upgrades to move energy around the grid faster, more efficiently and more safely.

Song of the Week: "St. Francis Dam Disaster"

This week's song honors the complexity of history, the tragedy of an engineering failure, the power of nature, and the duality of man. I chose it in honor of historian Catherine Mulholland, who died yesterday at the age of 88.

Catherine Mulholland, granddaughter of LA's controversial water engineer, dies

The granddaughter of the engineer who delivered water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles died today at her home in Camarillo. Mulholland offered a living link to William Mulholland, the controversial historical figure, who made the modern-day Los Angeles possible. She was 88.

Popular solar rebates back at DWP, but they're shrinking

The popular rebates for rooftop solar systems that the L.A. Department of Water and Power suspended will start again in the fall.

Los Angeles more and less green than you think: Siemens Green Cities Index gives LA a purple ribbon

Los Angeles has placed 7th overall in a survey of sustainability policies and practices of American and Canadian cities. Second in California (San Francisco placed first); better than you'd think, though, when you drill down into the different data sets.

LA water rates: Should a raise be delayed?

Angelenos, you can't say they didn't ask: LADWP officials hold their last big "community collaboration" session tonight - at the Hope Street HQ from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. City council's still the final word on if and when rates go up, but DWP seems to really want Angelenos to have first say - and that's now.

Inglewood Oil Field neighbors get more protections, fewer wells with settlement

A new legal agreement has settled a long-simmering fight among community groups, Los Angeles County and an oil company over exploration at the Inglewood Oil Field.

New feature: Pacific Swell's Thursday Song of the Week

This week I'm bringing over to Pacific Swell proper a weekly tradition I started on Twitter (as @KPCCMolly): a Thursday song of the week.

New ocean protected zones between Santa Barbara and Mexico in the works

Ocean zones between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border will become designated protected areas under California state law. The California Fish and Game Commission voted on the zones Wednesday.

The slow roll of "an extraordinary piece of work": California cap-and-trade slows, again

At a California State Senate committee Wednesday, Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols put the brakes on the centerpiece work of AB 32 - the state's landmark law that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

Citizens committee will monitor new DWP oversight office

The Los Angeles City Council took the first concrete step Wednesday toward establishing an oversight office for the city's Department of Water and Power.

Take better care of endangered species in SoCal, judge says

A federal judge has ordered three federal agencies to exercise more care toward endangered species in Southern California's national forests.

Bacteria breakdown the best part of top beach reports

Today I broadcast a radio story on the NRDC's "Testing the Waters" report - that legal advocacy group's take on beach pollution. When I first got here - when I wasn't paying as much attention - all these beach pollution reports confused the heck out of me.

Beach pollution still a problem, NRDC says

With a holiday weekend around the corner, the Natural Resources Defense Council is releasing a report placing California’s beaches 22nd among 30 U.S. coastal states in their ability to meet national health standards.

Labor agreement on the horizon for Port of LA workers

Los Angeles city officials plan to sign a long-term project labor agreement Tuesday at the Port of Los Angeles. Years in the making, it'll cover jobs for 95 percent of capital improvement projects.