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
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.
For Off-Ramp today, I was able to interview Paul Chan who served as artistic director for a production of Waiting For Godot in New Orleans back in 2007. It was one of my last cultural experiences in that city as a resident, and so it holds a special place in my heart.
More than a thousand jobs could get eliminated from the payroll of the City of Los Angeles. As Frank Stoltze reported Friday afternoon, a new report from LA's chief administrative officer says cuts are necessary after recent drops in revenue and years of warning about budget shortfalls. The present deficit's estimated around 200 million dollars.
A federal agency is defending its efforts to round up wild horses in western lands after the deaths of 26 animals near Reno Nevada. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.
Car sharing got its first four-month check-in on Wednesday at the LA City Council's Transportation committee hearing. The news was pretty good – unless you’re a UCLA fan.
From a DWP press release:
AB 32 is shaping up to be a key part of the governor's race – and California politics – after The Governator leaves the building. We rarely say the number on the air. But it's the landmark law that requires the state to drop its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within 10 years.
Federal, state and local agencies are working to clean up an oil spill in an Orange County channel leading to the ocean. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says they’ve been at it since Saturday.
Wet lately, right? Yeah. Tell me about it. Maybe not enough though. The Metropolitan Water District doesn't want you to get cocky. An