Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
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The water rationing system in the city of Los Angeles, which has limited outdoor watering to Mondays and Thursdays, contributed to a rash of water main breaks in the summer of 2009. That's the conclusion of an independent team led by a USC engineer who reported to the Environment and Energy Committee of the Los Angeles City Council. The LA Department of Water and Power says its engineers must read the report before responding to it.
Imperial County officials have agreed to develop stricter air quality rules after a long battle over how to control dust. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.
City officials appointed Freeman to a six-month term as interim general manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Santa Barbara environmentalists say they may have improved a plan that would allow a Texas-based oil company to drill offshore. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that activists maintain the revised plan would win more support from skeptics.
Los Angeles city officials have no official word on who will fill the soon-to-be-vacant general manager spot at the Department of Water and Power. But KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the city’s mayor has picked a new water and power commissioner.
Los Angeles city managers are slashing budgets and preparing for possible furloughs as L.A.'s mayor, the City Council and the Department of Water and Power bicker over deepening budget woes.
Water and power bills in the city of Los Angeles won't go up for at least three months. That's because last night, the city council and DWP commissioners dueled to a standoff about how much to raise bills. (Audio: KPCC’s Molly Peterson has been covering this issue. She told Steve Julian what the standoff is all about.)
A divided Los Angeles city council has recommended an immediate increase in energy rates for Department of Water and Power customers. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the council vote water and power commissioners.
In downtown Los Angeles, the Skid Row Housing Trust has broken ground on a new mixed-use project that will provide housing and support services for a hundred formerly homeless people.
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is urging members of the city council to support what he calls a compromise plan to raise energy rates more slowly and with more reforms at the city’s Department of Water and Power.
Conservative lawmakers and petroleum companies are campaigning to suspend California laws that aim to cut the state’s impact on global warming. Opponents of the new mandates argue that they'll harm Californians and their economy. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on a new report air quality officials hope will quiet critics of the law known as AB-32.
The Los Angeles City Council has voted unanimously to assert control over an energy rate hike proposed for customers of the city’s Department of Water and Power. LA’s mayor warns that without the rate hikes, Los Angeles could face bankruptcy. More on the story from KPCC's Molly Peterson.
Federal environmental officials say they're working on new strategies to clean up drinking water.