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

Salmon 'life cycle assessment' finds fish with varied global warming impact

“Going local” has been a mantra for people who want to make environmentally responsible choices about what they eat. But where food’s from might matter the most when calculating its carbon footprint. Researchers from Sweden, Canada, and the U.S. have looked at a new way to measure the climate impact of one food. They ended up with some surprising results.

Hillside Astronomy in Griffith Park

My trip to Griffith Park coincided with those of dozens more people Saturday in the late afternoon - there was a Public Star Party that night, a monthly occurrence. It's sponsored by the Los Angeles Astronomical Society.

1 clean truck program, 2 ports, and now 2 strategies

A year after the Clean Trucks program began at the harbor complex, the two ports in San Pedro Harbor are headed in divergent directions. The port of Los Angeles continues to fight challenges to pollution controls in court. In Long Beach, harbor commissioners are trying to end the same lawsuit.

Long Beach officials, environmentalists seek to unsettle port settlement with trucking industry

In Long Beach, public officials and environmental activists are challenging a plan by the harbor commission to settle a lawsuit with the trucking industry.

Empty debris basins wait for Station Fire's winter impact

Three months after the Station Fire ignited in dry brush in the Angeles National Forest, fire officials still consider it active. But cold weather and the possibility of rain have Los Angeles county public works crews ready for the fire’s winter flood fallout.

Tom Graff, Water Guy

AN UPDATE: The New York Times gave Mr. Graff his due with a very nice obituary Sunday. I wish I had know about his free-throw scorekeeping.

Southland legislators will sell their constituents and themselves on $11 billion water bond

Around the state, the governor has been signing into law the bills that constitute a $40 billion water management package. That’s ended most legislative water politics for a while. But a year of public politicking awaits the bond measure that's a key part of the water plan.

A preferred alternative nobody prefers for South Coast marine protected areas

A state panel has recommended a network of havens for marine life in California waters. Marine protected areas from San Diego up to Santa Barbara will join a statewide network, the largest of its kind in the country. The compromise plan doesn’t feel like a success to everyone yet.

State panel recommends coastal water areas designed to protect marine life

A state panel has recommended a patchwork of areas in coastal waters designed to protect marine life. If state fish and game commissioners approve them, new rules would limit commercial and recreational fishing in some key spots between Santa Barbara and the Mexican border. (Audio: KPCC’s environment reporter Molly Peterson spoke to Steve Julian about what this all means, and why the state is doing this.)

Ninth Circuit panel halts Eagle Mountain landfill

A controversial land swap that would locate the world's largest landfill near Joshua Tree National Monument has again been stopped after a new appeals court ruling.

No, wait, for real: South Coast MPAs almost a reality

I'll have more about this later, but in the meantime, I wanted to mention that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa weighed in at the last minute on this process - I guess that delay by the blue ribbon task force helped him.

Task force to decide on marine protected areas in Point Dume, Palos Verdes, Laguna

The state's wrapping up a months-long process for selecting marine protected areas along the coast from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. At a meeting near L.A. International Airport Tuesday, a blue ribbon task force will decide which plans to forward to state commissioners.

Water bill signing ceremony celebrates historic package, promotes future legislation

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, state and local leaders appeared at a signing ceremony for new water bills in Sun Valley. Those laws will change the way the state manages water in the Sacramento Delta and conserves it everywhere. The ceremony also served to launch a campaign to get voter approval for an $11 billion bond measure.

Compromise plan at water board brings sewers to some of Malibu

Regional water officials have approved a partial ban on septic systems in Malibu after city leaders worked out a compromise.

Clean water in the 'Bu

Public comment continues here in the Metropolitan Water District's board room, where the LA Regional Water Quality Control Board is holding its meeting because of the overwhelming interest in the topic of a septic tank moratorium in areas affecting the Malibu Creek watershed, Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach.