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 few weeks back I reported on a Greenpeace dispute with Mattel. It wants the world's largest toy maker to verify that toy packaging doesn't contain illegally harvested rainforest.
A few weeks back I reported on a Greenpeace action aboutw Mattel. It wants the world's largest toy maker to verify that toy packaging doesn't contain illegally harvested rainforest.
This view of the Lower Owens River is beautiful - at least to Inyo County and its visitors. Despite and because of the big steel box in the center-right of the picture.
In the spring, Greenpeace's el jefe de jefes Kumi Naidoo came to Los Angeles, hung out with Hollywood a little, stayed in Beverly Hills. Today he's under police escort in Greenland.
After I reported on the Mattel-Greenpeace standoff over packaging sourcing, friends in LA who rely on me to tell them the news asked: why does anyone cut down rainforest? My generally over informed friends - people at KPCC - said, wait, I thought they were slowing down with the cutting, what's the big deal?
I went to the second of seven (plus one) Los Angeles Department of Water and Power meetings last night. DWP's rolling out what it's calling "community conversations" - they brief everybody about what they're asking for, why they're asking for it, and then they take questions and comments.
This week on Pacific Swell l figured it was worth it to talk a little about Indonesia and Mattel and Barbie and Greenpeace - because the radio stories we'd had so far were shortened by our very short successful pledge drive.
You may remember her as a whistleblower: Maria Garzino was the key voice in a series of reports KPCC did on pumps in New Orleans- reporting over a few years that failed to find evidence (then, and as best we know, now) that the US Army Corps of Engineers has ensured pumps designed to protect New Orleans from flooding will work when they're needed.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials say the utility needs rate increases of at least 15 percent over the next three years to keep the city's lights on and taps flowing.
Two major trucking companies that signed on to the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles may owe the port money.
A three-judge panel of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether the Port of Los Angeles can limit the kind of trucks that serve the harbor complex.
Several days after an attention-grabbing protest outside its headquarters, El-Segundo-based Mattel corporation has announced it will develop a policy on the way it packages its toys.
El Segundo-based Mattel Corporation, the world's largest toy maker, announced Friday that its policy for producing paper products including packaging would address concerns the company is contributing to deforestation.
So, NASA sent a new satellite up at Vandenburg Air Force Base today here in Southern California. The Aquarius observatory - their materials promise - will, within a few months, "collect as many sea surface salinity measurements as the entire 125-year historical record from ships and buoys.
Pledge drive plus actual reporting is killing me. For World Oceans Day, here's something better than me trying to write about the ocean: seven writers who succeeded in making me fall in love with the ocean, over and over.