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

California Drought News: Farm supply, water users in SoCal, question of dams

Farmers seek supply, Southern California considers demand, and the rest of the state debates whether to build more dams or conserve more water.

Want to paddle the LA River this summer? Tell the Army Corps by April 25

From sunrise to sunset, Memorial Day to mid-September, the Army Corps wants to offer guided and unguided access for non-motorized boats at Sepulveda Basin.

California Drought News: Some Clinton, more rain, less room for error

Friday's news reminds us that we're all in this together, with stories about how climate change may worsen drought in the West, and how drought has many parents.

Water rate miscalculations cause money problems in Glendale

In December, Glendale officials discovered problems with their water rates, set up by a Temecula-based consulting firm. Attempts at a fix have grown complicated.

Researchers take to skies to survey marine protected areas

Emerging data looks at how fishermen are responding to marine sanctuaries, scattered like scrabble tiles over 350 square miles between Santa Barbara and Mexico.

California Drought News: Going deep for groundwater

Southern California's got a chance of rain this week. It's certain the state will grab snowpack stats tomorrow - and it's unlikely they'll be pretty.

California Drought News: Australia-inspired solutions and water savings in the shower

Some days, California can't do anything right about the drought...but "the lucky country" can. Two more suggestions to copy Australia's water conservation, in here.

California Drought News: Moving water and trucking salmon

California's giving Chinooks a ride to the sea through dried-up plumbing this year — but maybe you shouldn't blame system operators for making the drought worse.

FAQ: Answers to your questions about lead battery recycling in Vernon

Exide Technologies in Vernon is asking a judge to let it reopen its battery recycling plant. Here are answers to your questions about Exide and lead recycling.

Exide may test more houses, test deeper for lead around plant

Exide’s work plan offers no timeline for completing the testing around its Vernon plant, and toxics regulators must approve plans before more testing happens.

Australia and Arizona are gray water pioneers

It won't be the last time you hear this: dry places that live with recurring drought have the drop on California when it comes to recycling water.

California Drought News: No predictions of March miracles

The University of Dayton might have won a first round upset in March Madness, but California won't, when it comes to drought. Federal scientists sound bleak.

Air regulators approve Exide's plan to reduce toxic emissions

The company submitted three versions of its risk reduction plan before air officials signed off, though AQMD is still trying to halt lead smelting operations.

Drought: We could be recycling gray water right now—why aren't we?

While California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. That may be changing.

UCLA scientists find shortcut to estimating a river's volume

UCLA researchers have found a new way to understand a river’s volume without stepping into it, a move that has implications for risk and water managers worldwide.