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

Septic system ban still a mudfight in Malibu

Regional water regulators have approved a deal with the city of Malibu over its plans to get rid of septic tanks. Environment and surfing groups aren't happy about it.

Carmageddon throwdown: Wolfpack Hustle v. Jet Blue

Hard to top the US-Japan women's World Cup match for a sporting event this weekend, but this one's gonna try: a bunch of cyclists are going to race a plane from Burbank to Long Beach.

For Carmageddon, a song of the week: "Why'd you want to live here?"

In honor of Carmageddon, and the existential crises it threatens to cause, this week Pacific Swell is reclaiming Death Cab for Cutie's "Why'd you want to live here?".

Manhattan Beach's bag ban gets green light

California's top court says a long-delayed ban on plastic bags in Manhattan Beach can move forward.

Lego latest toy maker to respond to Greenpeace rainforest campaign

Since Barbie drove her bulldozer down an El Segundo business park, much has happened in the world of big toy companies and their packaging supplies.

Environmental activists still targeting Mattel over packaging

Environmental activists are keeping El Segundo-based Mattel firmly in their sights as they try to push the toymaker away from questionable logging practices in Indonesia that supply the boxes for Barbie dolls.

JetBlue's 405 special: Carmageddon's carbon Armageddon in the sky

To borrow from The Clash, it's Carmageddeon Time! Jet Blue's offering $4 flights between Long Beach and Burbank. (A fiver if you want leg room.) And JetBlue is one of the few airlines that — when you book with them — directs you to a place where you can offset your carbon because riding in a great big jet plane takes great big combustion engines that burn great big fuel.

Republicans vow to block Bryson for commerce secretary position

A San Marino-based former utility executive President Obama has nominated to be the next Commerce Secretary faces more opposition to his appointment Tuesday.

Bad news for Bryson: NRDC, Climate Change stymie him with Inhofe

John Bryson's nomination to the position of Commerce Secretary hit a bump today - and part of what slowed him down again was his association 40 years ago with the beginning of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Morning greens: Food swamps bad, but is an oasis unnecessary?

Good morning and here's hoping your Tuesday is your good news day!

City Councilwoman Perry seeks to make DWP explain its coastal power plant policies

The Los Angeles City Council's Energy and Environment Committee, chaired by City Councilwoman Jan Perry, is calling on the Department of Water and Power to explain its plans for eliminating the use of seawater to cool coastal power plants.

Eastern California Museum shows us what the eastern Sierra, lower Owens could look like

There's been a lot on the eastern Sierra lately, on this blog. I just wanted to make a quick pitch for the fascinating resource that is the Eastern California Museum.

Long-term water agreement makes solutions AND problems for Inyo, LA

While I was in Lone Pine, eastern Sierra officials and conservationists struck a friendly tone about their work with the LA Department of Water and Power - at least about the lower Owens River restoration.

Superfund site of the Week: Palos Verdes Shelf

We're launching a regular feature I'm pretty jazzed about: each week we're going to profile a Superfund site in California.

First school air filtration contract awarded 3 years after TraPac settlement

Harbor-area schoolchildren will get air filtration systems in their classrooms as part of the first grant project from a new South Bay foundation.