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

State Bond Spurs Surface Water Storage

I listened to NRDC's Barry Nelson and others on Larry Mantle's show Wednesday morning - and I almost pulled off the road when I heard Nelson say that he had been working on policy stuff, not the bond stuff, so he didn't know much about some of the bond issues - including Temperance Flat.

City of Malibu seeks septic tank solutions

Septic tanks helped give birth to the city of Malibu just 18 years ago. People along 21 miles of scenic coastline wanted local control over how Malibu would treat wastewater. Now regional water officials will vote on whether to prohibit septic systems. Regulators blame septic tanks for poor water quality along the coast, at surf spots and in Malibu Lagoon.

LA County weighs in on MPAs: Yes in Malibu, no at Rocky Point

Los Angeles County supervisors have added their opinion to the debate over where and how to protect marine life off the Southern California coast.

Building a green LA for everyone

When I lived in San Francisco I played softball in an architects, builders and contractors league. For a bunch of architects we were pretty good. The experience definitely demystified architects for me - they drank beer and wanted to win just like builders do - but maybe not architecture itself, a topic that few cover well, and not on public radio.

Green buildings grow on Skid Row

Near the Los Angeles Convention Center, a curved white building rises along the 10 freeway. The New Carver apartments will fill with disabled and recently homeless residents. The building's one of several green projects for people who live in and around downtown L.A.’s Skid Row. KPCC's Molly Peterson checked it out before the new tenants move in.

Dia de los muertos, KPCC newsroom-style

Please note the Newsom Media press pass, the Daniel Schorr book, and the 4 GB Compact Flash card. I'm proudest of those.

Federal regulators take over California National Bank

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp has taken over Los Angeles-based California National Bank.

Panel pushes decision about marine protected areas to November

A blue ribbon panel charged with choosing marine protected areas along Southern California's coast has delayed making a recommendation until next month. The panel wants more scientific information about a few key areas.

Southern California anglers, conservationists negotiate ocean protection in Long Beach

A blue ribbon panel will vote today in Long Beach on plans to designate marine protected areas along southern California's coast.

Luchador fighting for the ocean

Wearing a silver mask and a neat grey suit - his tie dotted with tiny luchador heads - El Hijo del Santo stepped forward to the microphone. He's a star of Mexican Lucha Libre, a second generation wrestler: famous to fans of the sport, celebrated in Mexico, and met with some bewildered glances from older, mostly white folks at the California Science Center.

Long Beach port executive says settlement won't wreck environmental enforcement

The Port of Long Beach and the trucking industry say they're ready to settle a year-old lawsuit over portions of the Clean Trucks program.

Clean Trucks lawsuit settled between Long Beach, ATA

The Port of Long Beach and the American Trucking Association have settled a year-old lawsuit the trucking industry brought to stop portions of the Clean Trucks Program.

If a Port settles a lawsuit, does it make a sound?

The Port of Long Beach has settled its year-long dispute with the American Trucking Association. The Journal of Commerce has the story, but it's pretty quiet out there.

Seafood Watch turns 10

Most likely you've seen the cards: ubiquitous at Whole Foods; sometimes tucked into your check at a restaurant. Ten years ago, the Monterey Bay Aquarium started Seafood Watch program to tell people in simple and consistent terms which fish need conserving most.

LA City Council members say DWP customers need advocate

Several Los Angeles City Council members are calling for a new independent watchdog at the Department of Water and Power.