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

New journal "Urban Coast" launches at LMU

The great Marantz meltdown of 2010 last week yielded technical difficulties massed to the point where I wasn't able to catch up. Now I am.

Foothill communities get ready for mudflow threat

This week, Los Angeles County emergency teams are working to protect homes from heavy rains and mudslides in the foothill communities. In La Canada Flintridge, KPCC's Molly Peterson talked with emergency responders and a foothill resident about the busy week ahead.

Debris basins catch my attention

Oh man, do I love infrastructure. So much of the story of southern California is about how infrastructure expresses human ambitions. How can you not find it fascinating?

Martin Luther King's words inspire viola player's music

Eighty-one years after his birth, Martin Luther King Junior’s work resonates beyond his original goals. One Southern California musician says King’s words inspire her environmentalism and her songs.

What she's playing, it's not a violin

Tomorrow I'll have a story on about a woman named Christen Lien. I met her over Twitter at the Governor's Global Climate Summit - she was one of the few people talking about the summit who wasn't working for a major utility, a government, or a company selling something.

A conversation with Majora Carter

At the State of the Bay conference the other day, Majora Carter gave the keynote address.

San Pedro harbor complex cautiously hopeful after cargo uptick

The ports of Long Beach and the port of Los Angeles are reporting some gains in December's cargo traffic. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that harbor officials say the uptick could signal recovery after a difficult year.

Latest Santa Monica Bay report cites better water quality monitoring

A state commission tasked with improving the waters off Santa Monica and the South Bay coastline finds some key habitats protected and some beaches safer for swimming. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that for those silver linings, the group's findings include some lingering clouds.

FDA flexes on BPA, says the chemical causes some concern

Still no ban, but after significant consumer and environmental-group pressure, and numerous public hearings, the federal Food and Drug Administration is issuing new guidelines for Bisphenol A.

Haiti recovery essentials: water, medical supplies...and cell phones?

On my way back to our downtown bureau from our soon-to-be-new-building, I heard really interesting stories today from The World: first, Matthew Bell reports on the pressing need for water in Haiti: water purification systems and tablets so that people can carry water home in plastic jugs (they don't get to worry about what kind of plastic that is, this week).

Sittin' on the dock of the bay...monitoring its pollutants

Every five years, just like with the European Union commission presidency, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission updates its State of the Bay. What is that state, you ask? Better than last time, still got problems, got some new stuff going on.

Schoolin' kids in the environment, California style

California just got its first environmental education curriculum. I'm related to a lot of people who teach (though the sort of things they teach have rhyme and scan, as opposed to kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus or species), so I checked it out.

New deputy mayor Austin Beutner...has a lot to do

KPCC's correspondent and man-about-town Frank Stoltze is covering this announcement. But I'm interested by the release from the mayor's office, which notes that the new deputy mayor and jobs chief "will be given a large portfolio with unprecedented oversight of City resources beginning with a direct line of authority over the Department of Water and Power (DWP), the Port of Los Angeles, and economic development and business policy issues at the Los Angeles World Airports.

Cap and trade revenues should mostly go to public, committee says

A group of academics, business representatives and officials recommends that most economic benefits from the state's carbon trading scheme should go to consumers in the future. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Long-planned Green Path North no longer on the DWP's path to renewable goals

Desert activists are marginally happier now, thanks to a little noticed action the DWP board of commissioners took last Tuesday. The board passed an amendment to the 2009-2010 budget; you can read it here.