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

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.

Mark Gold's DWP reform proposal: what do you think?

Tomorrow on Patt Morrison's show, I'll be talking to her about DWP oversight and reform measures proposed at City Council (and how they contrast with DWP's own ideas of oversight, as well as those of neighborhood activists).

The sun, whose rays, are all ablaze...on roofs and in our deserts

It's been ass-cold in Los Angeles the last several days, but lately solar power's done a great job of heating up the enviro-political debate.

DWP's plans for your energy future: your last chance to weigh in

The DWP's wrapping up months of seeking public comment about its plans for where your energy's coming from, which, their documents will often remind you, has something to do with your rates going forward.

LA Mayor Villaraigosa touts environmental goals in city pact before UN conference

For the third year in a row, the United Nations convenes a conference on climate change today - this year in Cancun. Los Angeles is among the cities will monitor the proceedings.

California's year in climate action

So, what's the state of California done since the last UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen, a year ago? Let's take a (brief) (but semi-detailed) look. The one most people have heard of is the one the most people did: defeat proposition 23, which would have suspended AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction efforts, notably, carbon trading.

Cancún's possibilities: but a dream?

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change has put me in mind of Shakespeare's Sonnet 87 (get me, I'm Peter O'Toole all of a sudden):

Los Angeles DWP's Festival of Lights canceled due to water project

Here’s something to consider as you plan your holiday season. To keep the water flowing, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has cut the lights on a 14-year tradition in Griffith Park.

LA City Council agrees to delay changes to solar panel incentives

Rebates for solar panels on Los Angeles rooftops may stick around as the new year begins. The L.A. City Council has agreed to delay changes in the solar incentive program.

San Pedro harbor hybrid tugboat likely world's cleanest tugboat

What’s believed to be the only hybrid tugboat in the world is also very likely the cleanest one. A new study from UC Riverside looks at a boat used in the San Pedro harbor complex.

Clean Air Action Plan update APPROVED

The Clean Air Action Plan was approved by the ports Monday. Geraldine Knatz called the plan a "firm commitment... to make air quality and public health a top priority for us."