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

David Nahai, former DWP chief, on utility's leadership, renewable energy

Six months after David Nahai left the top job at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, city leaders still search for a replacement. The utility's ninth general manager in 10 years, Nahai has kept a low profile. But in a recent interview with KPCC's Molly Peterson, he now says the city of L.A.'s need for sustainable energy has raised the stakes for the publicly-owned utility.

Imperial County air cleanup plan needs work, EPA says

Federal regulators say California’s plan to clean the air in Imperial County doesn't go far enough. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Pasadena art exhibit tells true story of LA River's graffiti, beauty

The concrete, channelized Los Angeles River has galvanized rallies to clean it up, naturalize it, and improve it. An exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art makes an argument for the river as-is. (Audio: KPCC’s Molly Peterson spoke with the curators, who find beauty in the graffiti, debris, and even the nature, that thrive in the L.A. River.)

Rivers & Mountains Conservancy dedicates overlook to celebrate 10th birthday

The state Rivers and Mountains Conservancy that protects the San Gabriel River turns 10 years old today.

Turtle fans applaud Fish and Game decision to limit live turtle sales

It's World Turtle Day. The group American Turtle Rescue created the observance 11 years ago to promote its signature critter.

Arizona boycott politics spill over onto LADWP

The fight over Arizona's stance on illegal immigration is spilling into L.A.’s Department of Water and Power. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

Water rationing plan tweaked to cut back on water main leaks

Water and power commissioners in Los Angeles are sending a new water rationing plan to the LA city council as the city attempts to cut back on water use - and on water main breaks.

Harvard health study suggests stressful environment worsens effects of dirty air

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say that rats under chronic stress may be more vulnerable to the health effects of air pollution.

Villaraigosa, speaking about budget, defends gang programs

As the Los Angeles City Council prepares to consider L.A.'s budget for the upcoming year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a press conference to say he strongly supports the Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs like Summer Night Lights. One proposal would reduce funding for the program $1.3 million - or about 8 percent.

LA leaders debate budget: layoffs looking imminent

Next week the Los Angeles City Council will tackle the work of cutting half a billion dollars from L.A.'s budget. L.A.'s mayor and the council have battled over the scope of the problem. But one thing’s looking certain: there will be hundreds of layoffs under any final budget plan. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

California Fish and Game sends response team to Gulf, BP spill

Researchers from California’s Department of Fish and Game are sending reinforcements to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

EPA strengthens greenhouse gas limits for stationary sources

Federal environmental regulators say they will limit greenhouse gas emissions from the largest power plants and factories. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that the federal Environmental Protection Agency proposed the rule as Congress considers climate legislation.

PG&E's 'smart meters' experiencing dumb problems; Edison says it won't happen in Southland

An investor-owned utility in Northern California has discovered that some of its new electronic "smart meters" don’t quite measure up. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

UCLA's Volokh says Kagan's scholarship is influential

American legal scholars are responding to President Obama’s naming solicitor general Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court.

Seeking sustainable seafood and sushi: Greenpeace goes to grocery stores

A new survey from the environmental group Greenpeace looks at seafood sold at US grocery stores. It examines whether it’s “sustainable” seafood – or the product of overfishing. KPCC’s Molly Peterson went inside supermarkets and sushi restaurants with one of Greenpeace’s top sustainability experts to find out how the Southland sells seafood.