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

The eastern sierra & the changing range of light

So, my dad's a hobby photographer; he introduced me to Ansel Adams and Galen & Barbara Rowell when I was a kid. He took pictures with an old Nikomat and a Leica, and neither had an internal light meter; he used a handheld one.

About time to certify sustainable wine in California?

Doing a little desk clearing (and it's a new desk, so that's not encouraging), and I found something I'm very interested in: wine. Not necessarily at my desk, but hell, we're reporters.

Steam building up against California's anti-global warming laws

Two Texas-based oil companies are supporting a campaign to suspend California's landmark anti-global warming laws.

RAND study: Air pollution costs $193 million in hospital visits

A new study from the RAND group in Santa Monica says air pollution is raising the cost of payouts for health care insurers in California. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the study digs deep into one kind of air pollution cost.

Supreme Court to hear Castaneda claim for detainee medical care

The Supreme Court today hears argument about whether the family of a Southern California man can sue over poor health care the man received while in federal custody. The case Hui v. Castaneda could clarify what kind of medical care the government owes people it's detained.


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ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS: Urgent urgency on the radio today 3-5:30 pm

Attention women of Los Angeles, and those who love them, and those who work with them, and those who are physically proximate to them, and are fearful or enraptured and possibly both:

Villaraigosa says he's looking at up to 2,000 more job cuts

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.

Last piece of LA Live puzzle in place as Marriott-Ritz opens

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.

Western cap-and-trade initiative loses another market player to economy

A neighboring state has dropped out of a regional cap-and trade scheme championed by California.

'Save the Peak' covers Hollywood sign for conservation campaign atop Cahuenga

A conservation group has reached a tentative deal to preserve 138 acres of land – and a panoramic view - near the landmark Hollywood sign.

Arizona won't trade carbon in California-led Western Climate Initiative

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.

DFG faces suit over hatchery practices harming trout, fish

A conservation group is challenging the way the state hatches trout and other fish and stocks them in California rivers and streams.

Ex-Boeing engineer sentenced to 15-plus years for economic espionage

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.

Audubon wants California to outlaw lead shot on state lands

A wildlife conservation group wants California to expand a ban on lead ammunition for hunting.