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
When seismologist Lisa Grant Ludwig first told me she worked on a patch of land in the Carrizo Plain called the Bidart Fan, I said, you mean like Frank Bidart? Having poets for siblings has, once again, enabled me to get a good view of the intersection of two specialities.
For decades, earthquake researchers have sought clues about how the San Andreas Fault has ruptured along a treeless stretch of land near Bakersfield. Seismologists from UC Irvine now say there's evidence of more quakes than they’d previously counted at that spot - findings that suggest a greater potential for the big one in Southern California.
Stormwater's one of the worst polluters of coastal waters. That's a big reason why state and local officials have cracked down on rainwater runoff that can foul the ocean. In Los Angeles, a dense, sprawling watershed complicates those pollution controls. Public agencies are trying to lower the impact of development.
A welcome rainstorm cleans the skies and the streets but sends a chemical soup flowing into the ocean. State regulators are putting in new rules to capture much of that runoff before it fouls the coastal waters. In Ventura County, those rules calls for changes in the way gutters and culverts direct rainfall runoff. The approach has developers and cities worried.
Los Angeles County officials say upgrades to debris basins managed by the public works department are a big part of preparation for the next storm season.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has backed away from supporting a piece of legislation it had endorsed. It would have delayed environmental limits on the utility’s coastal power plants.
Federal environmental officials are proposing a ban on cruise ships and cargo ships dumping sewage in the three miles closest to California's shores.
A federal district court has upheld key provisions of a program designed to clean up air pollution at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, in part by requiring trucking companies to employ their drivers rather than contract with them.
A year ago today, near a ranger station on the Angeles Crest Highway, the Station Fire began burning and didn't stop for months. The recovery of native plants within the Angeles National Forest has depended on scientific surveys and on volunteers pulling weeds in recent months.
Federal efforts at developing climate change legislation have petered out. But the cost of climate policy is figuring strongly in California politics this fall. A new report aims to figure out how American families will feel the price of making “greenhouse gases” fall.
Where Los Angeles’ power comes from and how much it costs is the subject of a new report the L.A. Department of Water and Power has commissioned. The DWP's opening public debate on the city's energy future.
More modifications to Los Angeles watering limits are delayed - again - after a Los Angeles City Council vote.
Lawmakers in Sacramento have voted to pull an $11 billion water bond from the November statewide ballot. Supporters and opponents of the bond measure get another two years to fight over it.
Seven and a half acres of grass turf at the Veterans Administration Healthcare facility in west Los Angeles have been replaced with drought-resistant landscaping - and a rebate check from the Department of Water and Power.
California beaches violated water quality standards fewer times than usual last year. That's a key finding of a national report the Natural Resources Defense Council released this morning. The conclusion isn't as good as it may sound.