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

Beachcombing: Spearfishermen hunt conservatively (photos)

Some Southern Californians get close to the coast, closer than most, diving deep to places like Catalina and Palos Verdes. Spearfishing is a multigenerational sport.

Regulators reject Shell's Carson Carousel cleanup goals

Regional water regulators say Shell must rewrite part of a plan to clean up toxic chemicals found at the site of a former tank farm in Carson.

Manzanar Committee protests LADWP's Owens Valley solar plan

Supporters of the Manzanar historic site are objecting to a proposal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to put solar panels nearby.

Orange County's 'Bridge Bash' 405 closure ends early

Orange County officials say the daylong closure of a span of the 405 Freeway to ended early Sunday. North and southbound lanes reopened by 3 p.m. Sunday.

At gathering of immigrant activists, reform is hot topic

Politicians, labor leaders, and activists sounded hopeful about comprehensive immigration reform, now under consideration in Congress for the first time in 6 years.

Beachcombing: A mass killing of sea urchins to revive a kelp forest [video]

Scientists, volunteers and fishermen are working, slowly and painstakingly, to restore kelp and biodiversity to a patch of ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Environmentalists: Coastal Commission should ban offshore fracking

Environmental groups say Coastal Commission should ban fracking in state waters; short of that, they ask for a "time-out" while the practice is investigated.

Court ruling resolves little in struggle over LA stormwater

The 9th Circuit rules for environmentalists in legal fight with LA County, but improved stormwater controls remain far from reach.

Who pays for the San Onofre shutdown? Edison says: you

SoCal Edison took out full-page ads in local newspapers warning customers that shutting down San Onofre station may result in “significant” costs to the public.

Groups sue state, Boeing to block disposal of radioactive debris

Watchdog groups are suing over a cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Lab to keep debris they say is radioactive from going to landfills and recycling facilities.

SoCal Edison: Electric vehicles haven't overtaxed grid —yet

About 10 percent of the nation’s electric cars are now in Edison's territory, but demand for power hasn't caused problems so far, a new report finds.

Watchdogs say Boeing sent radioactive waste to landfills

The groups say Santa Susana waste is radioactive and threatens communities around landfills in Lancaster and Azuza, and recycling plants in Simi Valley and Ventura.

BLM to study the risks of fracking in California

Federal land managers will launch two new studies about the risks of using hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and gas in California.

CA warns anglers of mercury in bass, carp, and brown trout

A new health risk advisory says women under the age of 45 and children should not eat carp, bass, or larger brown trout caught in California reservoirs and lakes.

Beachcombing: Tiny crustaceans disappear from some SoCal beaches (photos)

Sand-burrowing isopods live in a beach's intertidal zone; a new UCSB study finds them, and their favored habitat, in peril, mostly due to coastal development.