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

USC's John Peters, doctor and researcher, mourned

A longtime researcher at the University of Southern California has died. John Peters studied the health impacts of air pollution.

Family of Francisco Castaneda can't recover for his death, Supreme Court says

The federal government admits that its negligence worsened a prisoner's cancer that led to his death. But the US Supreme Court says the man's family in Southern California can't sue prison medical officers in charge of his treatment. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more.

Rotenone and chemical policy: fish kills and trout angling

I've been on an extended vacation for the last coupla weeks - including in New Orleans, about which I'll have something to say later. But as I re-enter my brain into my job, I noticed this Chicago Tribune story about plans to apply Rotenone to deal with Asian Carp - an invasive species in the Great Lakes region.

Mar Vista's second annual Green Garden Showcase shows off west side water conservation

The west side neighborhood of Mar Vista holds a "green garden" showcase for the second year in a row.

Poppies peaking in Antelope Valley

Poppies may be at their peak this weekend in the Antelope Valley, and the valley's golden poppy reserve and the city of Lancaster are fielding plenty of visitors for the spectacle.

Coastkeeper, Surfrider sue over Poseidon's desalination plant in Carlsbad

Construction's underway at a desalination plant in San Diego county, but Southern California environmental groups continue to challenge the plant in federal court. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

UCLA's Institute for the Environment gaining ground

With a green jobs boom predicted, more than a hundred U.S. colleges started environmental programs last year. Schools in Southern California have long had environment as a strong suit, going back 40 years, just like Earth Day. UCLA's four-year-old Institute for the Environment is growing in a climate warming to its subject matter.

I hate Earth Day

I'm not allowed to, of course; I cover energy and the environment for a public radio station. It violates the code. (Yes, conspiracy trolls, we've got a code, it's in our underground lair.

Villaraigosa, speaking about budget, defends domestic violence programs, admits layoffs may close budget gap

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed this week to curb spending. The city is upside-down, financially. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports on his latest comments, emphasizing which public services he hopes to protect.

Azusa, Duarte skirmish over Vulcan limestone quarry

A stone quarry in the San Gabriel Valley has pitted the cities of Azusa and Duarte against each another. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the fight is over the best place to mine for limestone.

US chemistry policy might get greener, sooner

I reported a series some time ago about "green chemistry" - a loosely defined term for reforms promoted by environmentalists aimed at clarifying for the public what the hell the chemicals do, and minimizing human exposure to stuff that's toxic or carcinogenic.

Pitzer College screens the FUEL film

Last Saturday I trekked out to Claremont for an event at Pitzer College. Frankly, I didn't consider it a trek, even if the 210 tried to make it so. But when I got there, people kept asking me if I was from out of town.

LADWP hikes energy rates; further increases possible later this year

Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have approved an energy rate hike of nearly 5 percent to take effect in July. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

South Coast Botanic Garden celebrates 50th anniversary

LA County officials will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the South Coast Botanic Garden today. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the "Jewel of the Peninsula" wasn't always sparkly.

For the truly troubled, the engineers, and the DWP faithful: the report on water main leaks

Overdue programming note: our own Patt Morrison talked to the LADWP's Jim McDaniel the other day, as well as Jean-Pierre Bardet; you can find their conversations on Patt's show site.