Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
Federal regulators are cracking down on Chinese companies that have brought off-road vehicles to California with falsified emissions reports.
The state assembly has voted to ban from baby bottles and children’s products a chemical that’s been linked to medical conditions including infertility and asthma.
The governor and the legislature are working to pull back an $11 billion water bond they’d planned to place on the November statewide ballot. The measure’s imminent death may generate the same mixed reactions as its creation.
Salmon season is underway in California. It's the first time in three years that commercial captains may legally catch that fish.
Police officers in Oakland have undergone crowd control training and are working 12-hour shifts, waiting for a verdict to come out of Los Angeles. The trial of a former BART officer may wrap up today.
A civil trial brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department is nearing completion, with closing arguments today. The lawsuit stems from injuries suffered by journalists covering a 2007 May Day immigration rally. The jury has to decide whether the use of force against these journalists was reasonable.
A civil lawsuit brought by three journalists over injuries during an immigration rally in Macarthur Park is nearing completion.
Closing arguments begin today in a civil lawsuit brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and its police department. Jurors in Superior Court will weigh whether to hold the LAPD responsible for physical and psychological injuries journalists claim took place in MacArthur Park during an immigration rally three years ago.
Testimony has concluded in a civil lawsuit three journalists brought against the city of Los Angeles and its police department. The journalists seek to hold the city responsible for police actions during a May Day rally three years ago.
The city of Long Beach has agreed to consider what it might take to remove its breakwater. The City Council has approved an agreement to share the cost of that study with the federal government.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give word Monday to the city of Long Beach on whether it recommends a study to reconfigure a breakwater near the city’s shores. The study comes with a $4 million price tag.
As governments strain to increase the use of renewable energy, some neighborhood groups are using federal grants to push solar panels into poor areas. Such a project has sprouted in East Los Angeles.
The acting chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appeared before the utility’s board of commissioners to present his vision for its long-term goals. Austin Beutner sees tough tradeoffs ahead.
The interim manager of L.A.’s Department of Water and Power will present his Long-Term Strategic Plan to board members today at 12:30. Austin Beutner had pledged “a new era of transparency, accountability and financial discipline.” (Audio: KPCC’s Molly Peterson has taken a look this morning at Beutner’s plans. Steve Julian asks her why Beutner wants to sell the Department of Water and Power’s headquarters.)
The idea of an energy rate increase for customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power sparked a pitched political battle earlier this spring. DWP officials insisted the utility could not complete a planned $73 million transfer to the city without seeking higher rates. Now a new audit from the Los Angeles City Controller's Office concludes that DWP wasn't in the financial jeopardy some of its top executives suggested it was.