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

Protesters detained in Barbie-themed Greenpeace protest of Mattel over Indonesian rainforest

Ten protesters affiliated with environmental activist group Greenpeace have been detained, including Barbie and two Kens, who ended a standoff with police by rappelling down the El Segundo-based headquarters of Mattel Corporation.

LADWP wants to explain its rate adjustments in meetings around Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will hold seven meetings around the city later this month to explain its plans for new electricity and water rates. Utility officials heard what some people had to say at a hearing a few days ago.

5th-grader Dario does the LA Department of Water and Power hearing: watch this video!

I'm swamped, getting together some stuff on the LADWP/City Council joint meeting over the weekend, but I wanted to take a minute to notice David Pettit's blog over at NRDC's Switchboard.

Farmscape helps home gardeners make their brown thumbs greener

All of Southern California's verdant valleys were under plow not long ago. Sprawling cities changed that - but the region's climate and soil conditions still call to aspiring farmers year-round.

Your local Superfund site: Palos Verdes Shelf & its fish

This week, we got word of a study from the San Francisco Estuarine Institute finding plenty of what people leave in coastal waters - including mercury and PCBs - in sportfish.

Angeles Forest Highway to reopen Friday

A stretch of state highway closed since heavy rains last winter will reopen Friday morning near the Angeles National Forest.

John Bryson, Commerce Secretary?: 5 California environment connections for the nominee

A recent book by NRDC's cofounder, John Adams, A Force For Nature describes the origins of the Natural Resources Defense Council. Adams tells the story of how he met with a pack of young nerd lawyers from Yale, lubricated with a little Scotch, to talk about work they might do together.

Los Angeles County beach bathrooms may be dirtier due to cutbacks, according to complaints

On the eve of summer, Los Angeles County officials are fielding complaints about dirty bathrooms at beaches after budget-related service cuts.

Large cities including Los Angeles meet in Brazil to talk carbon cutting and climate change

Representatives of the city of Los Angeles are in Brazil this week. Along with reps from other big cities, they’re planning local policies to combat climate change. The sponsor of the conference in Sao Paolo is a group called C40. The conference that begins today with a participant from L.A.

Environmental groups battle in dispute over Malibu Lagoon restoration

A judge in San Francisco has put the brakes on a planned restoration project at Malibu Lagoon.

California state park closures may be illegal, federal officials say

Federal officials say California's plan to close some state parks is illegal.

Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card: 5 things to know

Patt Morrison and I talked about beach water quality today - as well as the specific problem of sportfishing along the southern California coast I have a friend here in LA who goes to the beach like its her job in the summertime.

Celebrate two birthdays: Rachel Carson, and her book "The Sea Around Us"

Rachel Carson would have been 104 today. If you don't know anything about her, you still might know about Silent Spring, her book about chemical contamination. Thing is, Silent Spring never really moved me.

Where the nasty bacteria in Malibu come from

Fecal Indicator Bacteria. I love saying it. But I'm trying to be careful in reporting on John Izbicki's study because the issue of where the Fecal Indicator Bacteria come from is a hot one in Malibu these days.

Malibu's fecal bacteria problem could have many sources, geological survey says

People in the Southland crowd Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon; local lore advises them to close their mouths in those waters so they’ll avoid eye infections and sickness. Preliminary findings from the U.S. Geological Survey are shedding new light on the sources of that pollution. That's clouding plans for cleanup.