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

Low-carbon fuel standard upheld by 9th circuit judges

Supporters of California's push for alternative fuels to lower carbon emissions claim victory. Refiners and ethanol producers say it'll raise prices at the pump.

Public health officials to offer lead screening tests, battery recycler asked to pay for them

The idea is to calm concerns in neighborhoods around troubled battery recycler, but public health officials and regulators are offering fewer answers than questions.

Amended fracking legislation lands on governor's desk

California lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that would enact the tightest rules in the nation on fracking.

AB 327 poised to change how California sets electricity rates

Sacramento lawmakers are nearing final approval on a wide-ranging bill that would change how energy rates are set for California’s privately owned utilities.

Genetics show once-plentiful green abalone could thrive again

A new genetic profile of Suthern California's green abalone population offers hope about how the once-plentiful sea snails could rebound.

Orange County groups educate kids about green abalone, foster citizen science

If green abalone restoration is going to happen, it'll take a village, say scientists, educators, and volunteers working in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Edison crews to put Chino Hills power line underground

Southern California Edison crews are readying work to put a section of a high-voltage transmission line in the ground rather than above Chino Hills homes.

Watchdogs want Boeing to keep Santa Susana debris from landfills

A coalition of groups concerned about toxic contamination at a former nuclear lab in Santa Susana want a judge to stop demolition debris from going to landfills.

State may let Exide stay open; neighbors are wary

State regulators say they're nearing a deal with Exide to ensure cleanup and safe operation. Boyle Heights, Bell, and Maywood neighbors are skeptical.

Soil, dust testing underway at Vernon's Exide Technologies

A Vernon battery recycler began testing dust and soil for toxic pollution to determine the risk airborne contaminants from the plant pose to surrounding areas.

LADWP to retool Scattergood Generating Station

DWP crews will replace an old steam boiler unit with smaller, more efficient generating units that will cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

LADWP board to vote on plan to speed Mono Lake recovery

LA Water and Power Commissioners will consider a settlement to end decades of argument over ecological damage at Mono Lake stemming from the city's water use.

Beachcombing: Spearfishermen hunt conservatively (photos)

Some Southern Californians get close to the coast, closer than most, diving deep to places like Catalina and Palos Verdes. Spearfishing is a multigenerational sport.

Regulators reject Shell's Carson Carousel cleanup goals

Regional water regulators say Shell must rewrite part of a plan to clean up toxic chemicals found at the site of a former tank farm in Carson.

Manzanar Committee protests LADWP's Owens Valley solar plan

Supporters of the Manzanar historic site are objecting to a proposal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to put solar panels nearby.