Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

Hey Caddyshack! Golf courses and cemeteries aren't water wasters

Golf courses and cemeteries are big water users, but in recent years they've worked hard to conserve. But only some of their tips will help your backyard.

California Drought News: Will El Niño get us out of this mess?

Climatologists say global weather patterns may shift so that the drought could end later this year. But let us not count our chickens until we examine sacred cows.

California Drought News: More Brown, less nuts, and boom times for water witches

Monday’s news saw March rainfall roar in like a lion over the weekend, but the drought ain't going out like a lamb.

Drought and rain boost interest in stormwater capture, reuse

Drought relief funding passed in Sacramento supports stormwater capture. In southern California, pilot projects capture millions of gallons of water each year.

California Drought: Snow, storage, Tony! Toni! Toné! and more

Friday’s drought news warns you to stay safe out there in wet conditions…and don’t get cocky about how much water we're getting.

California Drought News: Waiting on the world to change

Calibrating expectations for rain is complicated. Do not be alarmed if moisture falls from the sky tonight after 7 p.m.; don’t expect miracles, either.

Folsom Lake Blues from California's drought

NASA scientists announced Tuesday that they'll work with the California Department of Water Resources. Using the advanced sensing tools in my head, this is a striking picture.

California Drought News: Rain in the forecast!

Welcome back to a week where we’re all getting excited to tell each other to bring umbrellas.

California Drought News: You show me yours, and this guy will shame a water waster

Friday’s drought news leads by example.

In Calif Drought News: Rationing unlikely, Obama's golf trip

In our round-up of the state's drought news, a piece on why rationing is unlikely, farmers call on more federal water oversight, and Obama's golf trip upsets water activists.

Darker Arctic revealed by ice melt, Scripps researchers say

As ice in the Arctic circle retreats, Earth's darker surfaces absorb more of the sun’s energy, according to researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Revised plan makes compromises for Yosemite visitors

The Merced Wild and Scenic Rivers Plan will keep but relocate the ice rink, retain the historic Sugar Pine Bridge, and cap the number of daily visitors.

Cities, states say climate hazards, drought need urgent action

At a closed-door meeting in Los Angeles, local politicians offered federal officials views on adapting to climate change and preparing for hazards like drought.

Ivanpah, controversial desert solar project, goes online

With a footprint covering more than five square miles, Ivanpah's fields of mirrors direct sunshine into towers that generate enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

Drought: SoCal water district declares 'water supply alert'

The water supplier for 19 million southern Californians has triggered more rebates for water conservation and is calling to slake the state’s thirst.