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

Hermosa Beach oil drilling plan makes waves in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica City Council will vote on a resolution against oil drilling in Santa Monica Bay. But the real controversy lies in nearby Hermosa Beach.

'Designer' recycled water grows to record levels in SoCal

They call it “designer water” – but you won't find it in an exclusive store. Wastewater recycling is a key strategy to develop sustainable local water supplies.

Drought: Thanks to South Coast, water savings shrink again

More than half the state's water is used between Ventura and the Mexican border, and conservation is down, with several potential but no definitive explanations.

New sensor offers local view of ocean acidification

A new ocean chemistry monitor in Carlsbad gives researchers and shell fishermen real-time data on acidity changes in local waters.

Decision delayed on expanded oil drilling in West Adams

A decision on whether to permit expanded oil drilling has been delayed after about a hundred residents turned out to a hearing to oppose the plan.

EPA proposes cuts to ozone emissions

After a long delay, the Obama Administration proposes cuts to Ozone emissions by about 7 to 13 percent

City of LA has done little oversight on Jefferson oil drilling site

A zoning administrator will likely approve expanded work at a south L.A. oil site in a routine hearing. West Adams neighbors say the hearing is anything but.

More water coming to LA as Owens Valley dispute ends

Next year water for at least 43,000 people will now come to L.A. rather than go for dust-control at the Owens Dry Lake bed, under a new settlement.

Road to China-US climate accord paved partly by California

As the ink dries on an agreement between the U.S. and China to curb carbon emissions, regulators and others say California's example loomed large.

LA planning officials: no moratorium on fracking 'at this time'

A report from L.A.'s planning department says a local ban on fracking could conflict with state authority to regulate the practice.

State regulators make tough new demands of battery recycler

Under the terms of a new order, Exide must pay fines, triple the money it's set aside for future liability and clean up pollution at its Vernon plant.

With Measure W, Claremont could continue private-company water revolution

The city of Claremont could upend its water delivery service after voters there approved a measure aimed at combating rate hikes by the Golden State Water Company.

Fracking bans pass in 2 counties, fail in Santa Barbara

Mendocino and San Benito voters have voted to limit non-conventional oil production techniques, but a similar measure failed in Santa Barbara, where the techniques could get used.

California $7.5 billion water bond passed: Now what?

California will start selling bonds right away, but it could be years, if not decades, before residents see full drought-resiliency benefits from Proposition 1.

California drought: Urban water conservation plateaus

Californians cut water use more than 10 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago, according to new numbers released by state water officials.