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

Greenpeace v. Facebook: should energy be renewable or efficient?

A few weeks back I talked to Kumi Naidoo, the head of Greenpeace International - a pretty wide ranging interview that included him throwing down with Facebook on their use of coal power.

Deepwater Horizon: oil impacts in Louisiana, science interest for California

In the future, I'll be bringing you a blog entry about water in California on Wednesdays. But yesterday I was winging my way to the coast...the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, Louisiana, where I lived before I came to work at KPCC.

Eric Clapton can explain energy efficiency to you

Hello humanoids! It's been a while since I've been writing in this space; glad to be back. In the last several months I've been reading about large-scale energy projects on public lands - and I've been trying to keep my eyeballs peeled for reports of their benefits, like success in creating jobs.

Angelenos weigh in on potential Los Angeles NFL stadium

Rival proposals for pro football stadiums in greater Los Angeles are moving along. At a forum in downtown L.A. Thursday, representatives of both massive projects sought to soothe concerns about planning and environmental impacts.

Environmental activists criticize federal review of large-scale desert solar

Californians and others were so interested in a complex federal environmental review of large-scale solar that the Interior Department extended a deadline for comment. One California-based group has a comment: they don’t like it.

Park-poor South LA neighborhood gets 9-acre wetlands

The city of Los Angeles opens a park at the site of a former bus terminal today.

California utilities could soon see requirements for 33 percent renewables by 2020

Sacramento lawmakers have passed a bill that would require utilities in California to obtain a third of their energy from renewable sources.

US Supreme Court won’t get involved in Eagle Mountain landfill case

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned back a last legal appeal for the 20-year-old Eagle Mountain landfill project in San Bernardino County.

Governor Brown expected to declare end to California drought

Tomorrow, Governor Jerry Brown is expected to declare an end to California's 3-year-old drought after a winter with heavy rainfall and snow.

Rainwater capture gaining ground in California

As California closes the books on an unusually wet winter, a new state assembly bill seeks to hold on to that water better in the future.

Rancho Cucamonga water conference to take on California's problems

Water experts and local officials plan to meet in Rancho Cucamonga today to talk about what California needs from its water system.

Los Angeles DWP agrees to control dust at Owens Lake in eastern Sierra

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will not be fined for dust pollution at Owens Lake. The DWP has compromised with air quality regulators in the eastern Sierra region.

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.