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

Nobody wants to take responsibility for fecal bacteria at Surfrider Beach

A federal judge has turned back an earlier judgment that found Los Angeles County is responsible for pollution at Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. The ruling is a blow to environmentalists.

Solving the problem of how to plug in the car when there’s no garage

More than 100,000 electric cars roll along Southland streets. But electric vehicle enthusiasts say overnight charging is still a problem for people who live in apartments and condominiums.

Oil rig popularity dropping in Beverly Hills

City officials in Beverly Hills have voted to end above-ground oil rigs within city limits. The decision could affect just one existing rig.

Businessman gives $10 million to UC Riverside for clean tech

A prominent Chinese businessman has given the University of California Riverside $10 million to support clean technology research.

Neighbors unite to promote environmental concerns

A coalition of neighborhood groups in Los Angeles is backing a plan to create what they're calling green zones. In the Harbor area, in Pacoima and in Boyle Heights, local rules would target polluting industries with inspections, promote green businesses with incentives and keep environmental concerns in mind during planning.

USC researcher experiments with changing ocean chemistry

Burning fossil fuels doesn't just put more carbon into the atmosphere and help warm the climate. It's also changing the chemistry of sea water. KPCC's Molly Peterson visits a University of Southern California researcher who studies the consequences of a more corrosive ocean.

Sun shines on Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

South Los Angeles celebrated the 26th annual Kingdom Day parade Monday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thousands of people lined the boulevard named for the fallen civil rights leader.

Gay African-Americans march in South LA's Kingdom Day Parade

Thousands of people lined Martin Luther King Boulevard in South Los Angeles to pay tribute to the fallen civil rights leader.

Soon-to-be former LADWP manager Beutner sums up his time on the job

The man tapped as the next general manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Ron Nichols, appears for the first time Tuesday before the Los Angeles city council's environment committee. KPCC's Molly Peterson sat down with Austin Beutner, the present and interim leader of the DWP, to get a sense of the utility's health.

Los Angeles County industrial waste site will pay federal fines in Superfund case

Federal officials say polluting companies at a former landfill in Los Angeles County will pay $17 million to clean up toxic waste.

Organic spirits grow nationally from a single relationship

If you plan to toast the New Year with a cocktail, you'll find shelves more crowded with ingredients these days. Small-batch liquor makers are booming, and sales of organic liquor were up 16 percent last year. KPCC's Molly Peterson offers this profile of one local distiller who seeks to turn green into gold.

Do you know where your electronic waste goes?

If you're buying last-minute gifts, consider this: the fastest growing waste stream originates in the United States. Its fastest growing element is electronic waste - old televisions and other gadgets that contain chemicals and toxic substances. KPCC's Molly Peterson made a holiday visit to one business that recycles that waste.

Big challenges for big solar in California's deserts

In 2005, an energy law gave federal interior officials 10 years to line up 10,000 megawatts of power on public lands. Little happened in the first few years after that law was passed. Then Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the fast-tracking of a few select renewable energy projects in mid-2009.

"Resisting the Green Dragon:" Arguing God ISN'T green

About a month ago I wrote a blog entry reflecting on the increasingly popular idea that God is present in the environmental movement.

First major cap and trade market for greenhouse gas approved in California

The California Air Resources Board has approved the first program in the United States that’ll cap greenhouse gas emissions and charge polluters for the carbon dioxide they release. The state board voted as national efforts to counter global warming are at a standstill.