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

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.

Dwell on Design: Heart beats, wood's neat, and origami for homeless peeps

Dwell on Design descended on the LA Convention Center over the weekend, so I popped over to have a look. The picture above's from a benefit art exhibit the artist Sasaki did there: people who donated at DoD got hooked up to pulse rate monitor, and their heartbeat was recorded as the squiggles on the canvas.

What's illegal about rainforest wood in a Barbie box?

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.

What connects Mattel to illegal Indonesian logging?

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.

A Rebirth for the lower Owens River...and how's its growth?

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.

Kumi Naidoo, from the Golden State to Greenland

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.

Why does anyone cut down Indonesia rainforest?

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?

LADWP rates: the public in the public meeting [UPDATE]

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.

What's the rainforest got to do with California?

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.

Maria Garzino asks Obama for action on New Orleans pumps

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.

LADWP wants 15-percent rate hike over next 3 years

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.

Los Angeles ports’ Clean Trucks program leads to costs, complications

Two major trucking companies that signed on to the Clean Trucks Program at the Port of Los Angeles may owe the port money.

Federal judges to rule on truck regulations at Port of Los Angeles

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.