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

Solar gets a go on federal public land in California [UPDATED]

Jazzfest in New Orleans was where I first really became acquainted with the phenomenon of playing the star on stage. The drummer would tap his sticks, the backing band would start, and eventually Ray Charles or Allen Toussaint would amble into position.

Fish & Game grants more time for MLPA comments

Surfers, kayakers, spearfishermen, beachgoers, scientists, cities, charter boat operators, and anyone else you can think of: coastal resource users between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border have got more time to comment on the state of California's Marine Life Protection Act - 15 more days in fact.

UC Irvine researchers see the sea, and more of it, in satellite images

A team of scientists - led by researchers at UC Irvine - has made new estimations of sea level rise from freshwater flowing into the world's oceans.

Check your bucket: climate changes could widen Lake Mead's bathtub ring

Seen Lake Mead lately? The bathtub ring - what locals call the white walls of the canyon covered with mineral deposits - keeps growing taller. If UCLA researchers are right, a confluence of natural circumstances will continue to make the bathtub ring grow - and that spells trouble for states that depend on Colorado River water.

Brown argues environment could create jobs in second debate of governor's race

Not too much talk about the environment in today's debate between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman in California's governor's race. What talking there was, Brown did it. In answer to a question about job creation in California that pointed out higher unemployment for Latinos, Brown responded that 1.

Schwarzenegger swings against Prop 23 to defend legacy

In his weekly address, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger defended AB32 and California's climate policy on environmental and economic grounds. This is the week The Gub came out fighting.

UPDATE: Boxer, Baucus & EPW

Some interesting updates to a blog entry I made a few days ago about Boxer, Baucus and the comments about her EPW leadership.

A riddle: Can a fish turn off water pumps in California's Delta?

Brandon Middleton, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, checked out my blog on Fiorina and water in the Central Valley, and like Fiorina did to me, offers corrections I may not need for an analysis of water policy in California he agrees "is not easy to understand.

Reviewing The Big Uneasy, Revisiting Maria Garzino

I saw The Big Uneasy last weekend, Harry Shearer's film in which Maria Garzino tells her story again. Which is still unfinished. Note: I posted about The Big Easy a couple weeks ago, and who joined the debate but Harry Shearer himself!

Lewis McAdams springs a Piggyback Yard from his head

I'm really glad the New York Times noticed this crazy idea from a crazy band of dreamers about the LA River.

Fish, flies & frogs: also, farms, Fiorina, and (California's) future

I was interested and surprised when Carly Fiorina started her discussion of issues with a reference to the Delta smelt. Water politics are astoundingly complicated in California; a shorthand reference to them can be difficult - people just don't know what you're talking about, even though the complex circulatory system that keeps water moving through this state is almost literally the heart of the state's environment AND economy.

Mike Taugher: fewer job losses linked to Delta, drought

Both Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and Senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina have said that Delta pumping restrictions have cost Californians jobs.

The real story about Baucus and Boxer and "we don't legislate very much"

A portion of the debate today - just a small portion - touched on Barbara Boxer's chairmanship of the Environment and Public Works committee. Patt asked whether Boxer had been effective in her leadership of the EPW committee - citing something Senator Baucus said - parahrasing him, saying it was disconcerting that the message amendments and bills kept coming through and not actual party leadership.

Proposition 21 raises questions about California state parks' value, state budget's woes

Voters have brought Proposition 21 to the statewide ballot this fall.

Thousands of migratory birds descend on downtown LA

For the next few weeks, a swoop of swifts – thousands of small migratory birds - will descend on a chimney in downtown Los Angeles as they make their way from Canada to Central America for the winter.