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

DWP board unanimously approves 4.8% rate hike

The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners has voted to approve a one-time rate hike of about 4.8 percent for customers of the Department of Water and Power.

DWP, city council agree: rates will rise almost 5% in July

Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have approved an energy rate hike of nearly 5 percent to take effect in July. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

On second vote, LA city council approves raise in energy rates

The Los Angeles City Council again approved a small hike in energy bills -- but this time, the vote’s provoked a different reaction.

Deja vu as LA City Council sends one-time 4.5% rate hike to DWP board

The Los Angeles City Council again approved a small hike in energy bills. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that this time, the vote's provoked a different reaction.

Poor, minority communities stand to benefit from well-drawn AB32 rules

Poor areas near refineries and power plants could benefit from laws requiring greenhouse gas cuts that also aim to reduce pollution. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on a new report from the Hewlett Foundation.

Greenhouse gas reduction could help poor neighborhoods near refineries, power plants

Poor neighborhoods near refineries and power plants could benefit from laws requiring greenhouse gas cuts that also aim to reduce pollution. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on a new report from the Hewlett Foundation.

Imperial County to crack down on 'fugitive dust' with pollution controls

Imperial County officials have agreed to develop stricter air quality rules after a long battle over how to control dust in the region. Health advocates cheer the move.

...adjourning in honor of Wilma Mankiller

[CORRECTED 6:48 PM, thanks to @ericgarcetti. I confused my Sugarbaker girls, though I had the right one in mind; Dixie Carter played Julia.]

LA's water rationing blamed in water main blowouts last summer, consultant says

The water rationing system in the city of Los Angeles, which has limited outdoor watering to Mondays and Thursdays, contributed to a rash of water main breaks in the summer of 2009. That's the conclusion of an independent team led by a USC engineer who reported to the Environment and Energy Committee of the Los Angeles City Council. The LA Department of Water and Power says its engineers must read the report before responding to it.

Imperial Valley officials agree to clearer rules for dust mitigation

Imperial County officials have agreed to develop stricter air quality rules after a long battle over how to control dust. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

David Freeman steps down from DWP; GM position vacant

City officials appointed Freeman to a six-month term as interim general manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Tranquillon Ridge compromise deal could live again: PXP, environmentalists strike new deal

Santa Barbara environmentalists say they may have improved a plan that would allow a Texas-based oil company to drill offshore.  KPCC's Molly Peterson says that activists maintain the revised plan would win more support from skeptics.

Villaraigosa names Eric Holoman to fifth commissioner seat on DWP board

Los Angeles city officials have no official word on who will fill the soon-to-be-vacant general manager spot at the Department of Water and Power. But KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the city’s mayor has picked a new water and power commissioner.

Bickering among DWP, Villaraigosa and City Council over money transfer

Los Angeles city managers are slashing budgets and preparing for possible furloughs as L.A.'s mayor, the City Council and the Department of Water and Power bicker over deepening budget woes.

LA City Council rejects DWP rate hike

Water and power bills in the city of Los Angeles won't go up for at least three months. That's because last night, the city council and DWP commissioners dueled to a standoff about how much to raise bills. (Audio: KPCC’s Molly Peterson has been covering this issue. She told Steve Julian what the standoff is all about.)