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

Court Orders Eucalyptus Sawed Down in Larkspur

When I was a kid, I thought eucalyptus trees were native to California. (I can admit this now because I have thought so many dumber things over the years.) Each year, I ran the Bay to Breakers, turned into the park, and enjoyed their smell immensely before the sea-salt-spray smacked me in the face at the final turn onto the Great Highway.

Palin takes on the Delta Smelt

Noted, but not with much comment: Sarah Palin, appearing in Anaheim at an event Frank Stoltze attended and will cover for KPCC.

Rewind Grand Opening & the idea of public space

So Friday night I stopped by Rewind to see how their grand opening was going. Took some pictures: check 'em out below.

Rewind your stereos...to go back to the future!

For today's story about ewaste, I asked Oscar about some of the stuff he had in the store. This was by far my favorite item: a JVC boom box that converted into a portable cassette player.

Echo Park's Rewind offers alternatives to e-waste

When you buy a new gadget, it often replaces an old one - and federal environmental officials estimate by the end of this year, the last decade's worth of so-called e-waste would cover Manhattan 3 feet deep. A new business offers a classic alternative to kicking that old radio to the curb at a new store in the L.A. neighborhood of Echo Park.

Notes from Solar Power International '10

Any massive convention's alienating: enormous badges. $3 sodas. Men with shopping bags, branded logos on their shoulders. "Networking areas." The phrase "turnkey solutions." The way people size each other up, unabashedly, as they walk down the maze-aisles between the popup displays.

New green jobs: introducing some local decisionmakers

Know your Los Angeles Port Commissioners! 'Cause you have two new ones, thanks to the LA City Council.

Green investment growing power?

Comes news today that shareholders' groups aren't happy with all that investment oil companies have done in Proposition 23. A Ceres press release says shareholder resolutions are en route at corporations that are major contributors to Proposition 23.

Is adoption a green option? Talk to Scott Simon.

NPR's Scott Simon is a former colleague (going back a decade now, yeesh) and I've been touched to hear the emotion in his voice as he talks about the emotional choice of adopting children that he and his wife have taken.

California's green job..."fairy tale"?

So, The American Spectator has a story about green jobs in California this week. Operative paragraph:

Hand-to-hand combat on Proposition 23 at KPCC

Just a quick head's up for tomorrow's AirTalk with Larry Mantle: it'll feature Anita Mangels of the California Jobs Initiative and Steve Maviglio of the No on 23 campaign facing off, mano-a-mano (or mano e mano, I never remember that one).

Quick programming note: Clean water at the 'bu

Just a quick note that some well-informed local realtors asked for a quick update on Malibu's water quality issues. You can read my brief history of those issues at their site on this link.

What's all this 10/10/10 stuff anyway?

Climate activists love their numbers. They catch the media's attention. But for the uninitiated, they may not have much of a meaning. Here's a primer.

Proposition 23: campaign finance update [UPDATED]

If it's Friday night, it's time for campaign finance numbers. (Really?)

Is DWP backing away from residential rooftop solar?

Renewable energy advocates are concerned that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's consideration this week of modifications to its solar incentive program signals a retreat from solar entirely.