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

Environmental justice activists halt state’s cap-and-trade plan for carbon

A coalition of environmental justice groups have won a victory against the state Air Resources Board in a dispute over California’s landmark greenhouse gas law.

LA River spouts sewage in Long Beach, causes beach closures

Sewage spilled into the L.A. River means beach closures now in Long Beach.

Delores Rhoads' crazy train boards at Musonia in north Hollywood

Heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads delivered some of the wickedest guitar solos in rock history. He died young, 29 years ago last weekend, in a freak plane crash – and one way fans preserve his memory is with a graveside remembrance in San Bernardino. A more personal pilgrimage for Randy Rhoads fans is available year-round in the San Fernando Valley.

San Fernando Valley businessman Moss nominated for LADWP board

The San Fernando Valley businessman nominated for L.A.'s Board of Water and Power Commissioners makes his first appearance before a City Council committee this week.

Obama forest rules not much better than Bush's, enviros say

Dozens of California-based conservation groups are pressing federal forest managers to strengthen regulations proposed for protecting national forests and the wildlife in those habitats.

Unsafe, insane and incomparable: Randy Rhoads remembered in San Bernardino

Saturday is the 29th anniversary of the death of heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads. A Burbank boy, born and bred, his solos on Ozzy Osbourne records rank among the best in hard rock history. Each year a graveside gathering remembers Rhoads and reunites the extended family that keeps his flame burning.

Environmental justice a newly strengthened federal focus

Federal officials are putting the final touches on a framework plan to improve environmental policies in low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Seismic upgrade shuts down water treatment plant for San Gabriel Valley

Water managers are asking people who live in the foothills to conserve water while a treatment plant is out of commission over the next 10 days.

LA health department warns of taking iodide tablets unnecessarily

With radiation levels on the rise in the area immediately around Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactors, US officials have established monitoring points for radioactivity along the Pacific Coast. However, the message from local officials is that Californians should be prepared, but not alarmed.

Cleanup ordered at Carson neighborhood Shell Oil polluted

State water regulators have ordered Shell Oil to clean up and monitor pollution in soil under the Carousel neighborhood of Carson.

Greenpeace leader Naidoo outlines anti-global warming strategies

As congressional leaders challenge the federal Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases, advocates of policies to combat global warming are seeking other venues in which to argue their cause. One of those activists is South African-born Kumi Naidoo - the head of Greenpeace International. Not long ago, KPCC's Molly Peterson sat down with Naidoo when he visited Los Angeles.

9th Circuit holds LA County liable for river pollution

A federal court says Los Angeles County's flood control district has been polluting the LA and San Gabriel rivers with stormwater runoff.

Federal officials will limit ballast water as pollution in ports

Federal environmental officials will set new rules for ships that discharge ballast water in U.S. coastal areas.

Los Angeles voters to decide on measures I & J Tuesday

In Los Angeles, calls for closer scrutiny of the Department of Water and Power have seemed as routine as wildfires. A political storm that developed last year over the DWP's finances could lend momentum to reforming the utility. Two measures aim to change what Angelenos know about their water and electricity rates.

Oil Levies proposed for Los Angeles, Beverly Hills - O for Oil

A ballot measure in Beverly Hills and a charter amendment in Los Angeles present voters next Tuesday with the opportunity to hike taxes on oil companies. The L.A. basin is the third-largest oil field in the United States, but companies that produce oil from wells dotting the region say the boom days are long over. Molly Peterson reports on the initiatives - both called “O,” for oil.