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

Will the campaign to suspend AB32 gain heat?

AB 32 is shaping up to be a key part of the governor's race – and California politics – after The Governator leaves the building. We rarely say the number on the air. But it's the landmark law that requires the state to drop its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within 10 years.

Oil spill in Huntington Beach threatens wildlife, but wetlands safe

Federal, state and local agencies are working to clean up an oil spill in an Orange County channel leading to the ocean. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says they’ve been at it since Saturday.

MWD warns So Cal about H2O

Wet lately, right? Yeah. Tell me about it. Maybe not enough though. The Metropolitan Water District doesn't want you to get cocky. An

Flame-retardant chemical study finds PBDEs, fertility connected

A new study from UC Berkeley suggests that women with significant exposure to flame retardant chemicals had a harder time getting pregnant than other women. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more.

EJ back on the EPA radar in Region 9

The new EPA administrator in Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld, gave reporters a roundtable conference call today. The words "environmental justice" certainly appeared on the EPA's website before Obama got elected, but they didn't seem to hold the kind of sway Blumenfeld said he intends they will now.

EPA's Blumenfeld vows attention to environmental justice, air pollution, green jobs

The top regional official for the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the southwestern United States says he intends to step up work in vulnerable and urban communities. KPCC's Molly Peterson explains what that could mean for Southern California.

LA city, county to VerdeXchange conference: we want green business, jobs

LA city and county officials who spoke at the VerdeExchange conference in downtown Los Angeles yesterday delivered a unified message for green entrepreneurs and manufacturers: we want your business. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

City of LA, entrepreneurs, regulators meet at VerdeXchange

A conference takes place today at which power company and port authority leaders will meet with city planners, air and water regulators, and green entrepreneurs. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on the verdeXchange.

Whale Fiesta at Cabrillo Aquarium heralds migration season

In Long Beach, the Cabrillo Aquarium hosts a whale fiesta Sunday. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports it's timed to coincide with the appearance of annual visitors off southern California's coast.

Add another shelf to our trophy case

I'm really proud of my KPCC colleagues who won awards from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California this weekend. So I'm linking to their stories. At least, the ones I can find.

Mudslides, earthquakes, hazard and risk

My friend and colleague Amy Walters - an NPR producer - is coming home from Haiti now; another friend and colleague, Tamara Keith, is on her way. Fellow Angeleno Carrie Kahn has been in Port-au-Prince too, sleeping on lawns and the like.

NTSB places Metrolink Chatsworth crash blame on texting engineer

The National Transportation Safety Board's final report on the Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth blames an engineer sending text messages for the deadliest crash in the commuter rail line's 18-year history. KPCC's Kitty Felde covered the hearing in Washington, D.C. KPCC's Molly Peterson spoke with Metrolink officials in Los Angeles.

Public works crews observe and report at debris basins

A fourth day of storms will test the network of debris basins that Los Angeles County operates in the foothill cities. Those basins are collecting - and so far, holding - the mud and rocks tumbling down from the Station Fire burn area. KPCC's Molly Peterson went to check the flood system with a public works crew.

Native plant-ing with local groups and Ilsa

Susan Valot recently did a story on a group in Orange County dedicated to the cause of native plants. I'm glad she's helping pick up the slack. When she was in this chair, Ilsa Setziol more than covered natives and native planting; Ilsa remains to this day a native planting champion, a deep ecologist, a deep encyclopedia of southern California's ecology.

Finally, the Crazy Heart soundtrack arrives

It took these fools long enough. The soundtrack to Crazy Heart is out today from New West records. I've been wanting it since Alex Cohen and I saw that movie. Also, T-Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham picked up a Golden Globe the other night, so maybe they're on a roll now.