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

Silver Lake architect says Los Angeles looks to its core for ideas about homes, sustainability

This week we’re hearing from Southern Californians with ideas about ways to make home sustainable. KPCC’s Molly Peterson offers this profile of a Los Angeles architect who’s eager to apply that thinking to people at every rung of the income ladder.

In megacities like Los Angeles, little tweaks make a big impact on a sustainable home

This week we’re hearing from Southern Californians who think about and work toward making homes sustainable. The University of Southern California runs a project that studies mega-cities – urban areas such as Los Angeles with populations of at least 10-million. More on regional sustainability from KPCC’s Molly Peterson.

LA the sustainability lab: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck's Smart Growth Manual for Angelenos

Away from school, away from work, and possibly, with family for the holidays: many Southern Californians are simply at home. KPCC’s Molly Peterson is curious about what makes home sustainable. This week, she profiles people who think about planning and housing matters that most of us take for granted. She begins with a regional perspective from an urban planner and architect.

Port trucking company fights economy, environmental fees

Trucking companies that work the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have had a busy year. The uncertain economy has driven container traffic down. New environmental fees have added costs. A legal battle over the ports’ Clean Trucks Plan continues — fueled by a labor dispute over who will pay for cleaner equipment. First we heard from an independent driver. Here's the story of a third-generation trucking company owner.

Truck driver struggles with economy, environment at harbor complex

It’s been a rough year for trucking business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Harbor officials credit a year-old Clean Trucks program with removing polluting diesel engines from the road. The trucking industry’s brought legal challenges to the agreements that enforce the program. The uncertain economy has driven container traffic down. New environmental mandates drive costs up. We’ll hear from two people who work in this business climate. KPCC’s Molly Peterson brings us the story of one independent truck driver.

Maria Garzino named public servant of the year

The federal Office of Special Counsel has named a Los Angeles based whistleblower the public servant of the year. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Thirsty Central Valley drinks deep from groundwater aquifers

California scientists say water stored naturally underground in the Central Valley is disappearing at a rapid rate. The likely cause is irrigation.

This ain't no place for the weary kind: Cohen does Crazy Heart

If you really need an environmental hook for this, I can tell you that for the new film Crazy Heart, Fox Searchlight did web-based electronic press kits (EPKs) – thereby helping cut plastic waste and, for that matter, business at the post office.

Los Angeles recycling hits new participation highs

Three-quarters of the apartment buildings in Los Angeles now take part in the city's recycling program.

Black women, nonsmokers near busy roads face higher miscarriage risk

A new study from state environmental health scientists indicates that more miscarriages occur among African-American and nonsmoking women who live near busy roads.

Stop finger point, PPIC study says about California water

It's not all your fault, Southern Californians. A new study from the Public Policy Institute of California argues that lush lawns aren't to blame for the state's water crisis. The authors aim to debunk that and other popular misunderstandings about water use.

Greenhouse gas "endangerment" ruling could spur Waxman-Markey, says Boxer

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has declared six greenhouse gases to be a danger to human health. The EPA says that means they should be regulated. The pronouncement could have consequences in Congress.

Catchin' up with debris basins

Nick Roman, our editor, loves storm season. When he says "storm watch," you know he means StormWatch. Or even STORMWATCH!. I'm, as with many things I cover, awestruck by it.

California plans to adapt to climate, not just slow warming

Political and environmental leaders from around the world will meet in Denmark next week, where the United Nations will sponsor talks on climate change policy. This week, California released its plans for adapting to a warming world.

Adapting to a warming (political) climate

California has made a monster climate adaptation strategy. It's no small thing. In point of fact, it's a 200 page thing, covering public health, biodiversity and habitat, ocean and coastal resources, water management, agriculture, forestry, and transportation and energy infrastructure.