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

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.

Port of Los Angeles moves ahead with new labor, environmental rules for trucking companies

Now that it’s won a key victory in federal court, the Port of Los Angeles is moving ahead with new labor and environmental rules for trucking companies that serve the harbor.

Forget NPR, Shearer, The Big Uneasy, me: Maria Garzino still wants answers

So Harry Shearer’s ticked off at NPR’s “censorship” of coverage for his film The Big Uneasy, and NPR’s Ombudsman rejects his claims. And the whole silly flap – on the NPR site, on twitter, on blogs – misses the point.

Appeals court rules local air quality agencies can't limit train emissions

A federal judge has knocked down efforts by Southland air quality regulators to limit pollution at railyards.

'99 Cents Only' stores fined nearly $410,000 for illegal pesticide sales

A federal judge has ordered a $400,000 fine for the "99 Cents Only" stores. The discount chain sold illegal pesticide products.

To study the Rim of the Valley, the National Park Service is looking for you

If you spend time in the Angeles National Forest or the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service wants to hear from you. A new study considers how the federal government should manage that land.

Park Service studies Rim of the Valley Corridor, seeks input

The National Park Service wants Southern Californians to weigh in on whether the Santa Monica Mountains and other local ranges should be joined together into a national park.

Long Beach to get $2.5M for wetlands restoration

California's resources agency is giving Long Beach $2.5 million to expand parkland along the Los Angeles River.

Slow the flow, act like a sponge

You could call it "low impact development" or "green infrastructure" or any number of other things. But I like what the State Water Resources Control Board has done with the imagery: they've got a new video explaining how to make your landscape act more like a sponge.

LADWP partners with Chinese company BYD, LA-based Quallion to develop new power batteries

Two companies will work with the city of Los Angeles to develop ways to store large amounts of renewable energy.

LADWP offers workshops for customers to learn more about the utility's plans

Customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power can learn more about the utility's long-range plans at a series of workshops – including one tonight.

DWP Cafeteria in the John Ferraro building now closed to the public [UPDATED]

It's been a favorite of jury pool members, people on the Chowhound board, and journalists looking for an affordable lunch, but now all those people are shut out. The cafeteria downstairs in the John Ferraro building - DWP's big iconic heaquarters on Hope Street - is no longer for you.

Imperial County, EPA argue over air quality rules

Imperial County officials are escalating a fight with the federal Environmental Protection Agency over how to improve air pollution at the root of health problems there.