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

Marine protected areas and their science controversial among fishermen

California fish and game officials will soon consider new protections for 12 percent of coastal waters between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border. Under the Marine Life Protection Act, no fishing would be permitted in 7 percent of South Coast waters. It's a proposal that has sparked new conversations about ocean science and the ocean economy.

State moves to protect marine areas, not just species in the ocean

State fish and game commissioners will vote soon on new rules for patches of the ocean between Santa Barbara and the Mexico border. It's taken years of negotiation among fishermen, environmentalists, and others who use the coast to develop these marine protected areas.

Tax deal kills 1603 grants, renewable industry?

UPDATE: There's a one-year extension for the cash grants as of now. Stay tuned.

Owens Lake dust kicks up questions about DWP's eastern Sierra efforts

As you drive north along highway 396, up in the eastern Sierra, Owens Lake is to your right, just about 5 miles south of Lone Pine. At freeway speeds, whitish sediment, streaked with some red, sets off the shimmering water - and the shimmering mirage - that remains in the lake.

Season's Givings, revisited

A few years back, before our intrepid Kitty Felde relocated herself to DC, we'd profile volunteer opportunities of various kinds that Angelenos could take advantage of.

As Cancun ends: how LA's done with its carbon policies in the last year

I've been interested in LA's advances locally in efforts to reduce carbon - and I've been using Cancun as an excuse to look at how far and how fast this issue has moved in the last year, since the UN talked in Copenhagen.

Venice protest - holiday leniency for RV dwellers

This afternoon outside Bill Rosendahl's office (7166 West Manchester Blvd.) RV owners and homeless people will call for a temporary stay on arrests and citations for people sleeping in their cars overnight in Venice.

New Otter on Long Beach creates perfect excuse: marine mammal poll!

I don't know if any of you had a science teacher like Mr. Pieper. But when certain Petersons in my family went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, he'd say things like, "I'd make a great otter.

Politics added to water mix at agency that pays to take pollution out in San Gabriel Valley

The water authority responsible for cleaning up contamination in the San Gabriel Basin could see a lot of new faces in the new year. Water politics from Arcadia to Pomona are taking on a heightened profile.

LID: lowering the impact of development

Make land with buildings on it behave as much like it would without development on it when the water falls. That's the idea of low-impact development. The reason local planning authorities are becoming interested in doing it is that water, running off land where it will, along the coast, carries with it everything else we leave behind: oil, grease, chemicals, and other pollutants that mess with coastal chemistry.

Listen here: Aron Ralston on 127 Hours & hope

I sent you to his own words yesterday, but I forgot to mention that Aron Ralston talked at the 127 Hours premiere, the one I went to with KPCC's Own(tm) Alex Cohen, and I forgot to post it yesterday when I wrote what I did about the film and its sense of environmental risk.

127 Hours: the risk of wild places, on land and in our souls

Outside magazine and I are not quite but almost the same age. When it was founded in the late seventies, Outside magazine was "dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors.

Community ideas for DWP's IRP: less coal, more rooftop solar, more energy sources

Patt Morrison and I talked about a lot of DWP talk on her program yesterday. But just explaining the plethora of reform efforts underway took most of the time we had. We didn't talk about the Integrated Resources Plan - and it's clear from at least one of the comments on Patt's blog that there's a lot still unclear for people about the DWP's renewables plans, which factor heavily into the IRP.

Westways magazine art soars at PMCA

Westways has been the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California for a century now - since it was called Touring Topics. I don't know if he was the one to change the name (for the better), but one of the magazine’s early editors, Phil Townsend Hanna, began a program to commission cover art from California artists in 1928.

Where we are with DWP oversight & reform efforts

Angelenos will have plenty of homework for the March 2011 ballot, and a decent chunk of it's due to the LADWP. City council - to varying degrees - has been shouting about DWP oversight in particular since the "carbon tax"/ECAF debacle last spring.