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
The city of Los Angeles is staring down a $200 million budget deficit in the months ahead. It faces an even larger deficit next year. L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants Angelenos to offer ideas about ways to balance the city's books. He also wants his constituents to know that some program and service cuts are inevitable.
A grand opening Tuesday at the new J.W. Marriott in downtown Los Angeles finds a bleaker economic climate than developers anticipated as the project began.
A neighboring state has dropped out of a regional cap-and trade scheme championed by California.
A conservation group has reached a tentative deal to preserve 138 acres of land – and a panoramic view - near the landmark Hollywood sign.
California leads a regional greenhouse gas market that’s just gotten a little smaller. Arizona has said it will not take part the Western Climate Initiative's cap and trade plans because that state's economy is struggling. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports on what that might mean for climate policy in the West.
A conservation group is challenging the way the state hatches trout and other fish and stocks them in California rivers and streams.
A Southern California man who worked in the aerospace industry over four decades is the first person convicted of economic espionage under federal law. The man faces more than a dozen years in prison.
A wildlife conservation group wants California to expand a ban on lead ammunition for hunting.
Federal energy officials said this week they're revamping a strategy to develop biofuels – crop-based alternatives to fossil fuels. In Southern California, entrepreneurs are already working to develop fuel from algae.
An experimental flood on the Colorado River in Arizona yielded only mixed success in restoring habitat below a dam. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the research could inform Western river restoration in California.
It happened last week instead of one night, but...the Port of Los Angeles has, for the fourth time, renewed its relationship with a lobbying firm helping it out on Capitol Hill. In doing so it puts a very interesting problem in the lap of LA's new deputy mayor, Austin Beutner.
Comes word from the National Park Service that if you're above the subdome, you're going to need a permit for that, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when the cables are up - and they're only giving out 400 a day.
Last week I spent a little time at VerdeXchange. (Others spent more.) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas spoke to LA's readiness for marketing sustainability in local issues.
The state Public Utilities Commission is encouraging Californians to install solar-powered water heaters in homes and at businesses.
A test car sharing program at USC and UCLA is off to a strong start four months into its existence. A report to Los Angeles city councilmen about the program also identifies some problems.