Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

Molly Peterson
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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

California Drought News: No predictions of March miracles

The University of Dayton might have won a first round upset in March Madness, but California won't, when it comes to drought. Federal scientists sound bleak.

Air regulators approve Exide's plan to reduce toxic emissions

The company submitted three versions of its risk reduction plan before air officials signed off, though AQMD is still trying to halt lead smelting operations.

Drought: We could be recycling gray water right now—why aren't we?

While California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. That may be changing.

UCLA scientists find shortcut to estimating a river's volume

UCLA researchers have found a new way to understand a river’s volume without stepping into it, a move that has implications for risk and water managers worldwide.

California Drought News: Making money on water

Would you believe some people used MORE water last month? Monday's drought news will upend your deeply held convictions...and offer business opportunities.

California Drought News: Legislation, a Delta Smelt conflagration, and hydroelectricity

Friday's news includes mini climate and fish news roundups, too. Come on in! We're expecting you.

DTSC targets foams, paint strippers for safety makeovers

As a major step in an effort to limit Californians’ exposure to hazardous chemicals, toxic regulators have announced the first products they want companies to make over more safely.

State lacks water funding, says PPIC

A new Public Policy Institute of California study finds “critical” funding shortages for parts of the state’s water system. Guess who's going to pay for those?

Garcetti, DWP GM vow billing fixes to top utility customers

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and DWP general manager Marcie Edwards sat down with top customers to talk about ongoing problems with the utility’s new billing system.

Exide Update: Lead found in soil around Vernon recycling plant

Test results showed unexpected levels of lead at the Volunteers of America Salazar Park Head Start pre-school program.

How some graves at Hollywood Forever stayed forever green

When current owner Tyler Cassity took over the cemetery, he was surprised to find patches of green dotting an otherwise parched landscape.

Purple pipe means recycled water. But why purple?

Recycled water flows through a pipeline that’s a color halfway between a field of lavender and Violet Beauregard after she licked the blueberry wallpaper. Why?

California Drought News: Water meters for all?

Monday's news engages your inner primate's sense of competition and asks: "Why isn't anyone keeping track of how much water my neighbors use?"

Hey Caddyshack! Golf courses and cemeteries aren't water wasters

Golf courses and cemeteries are big water users, but in recent years they've worked hard to conserve. But only some of their tips will help your backyard.

California Drought News: Will El Niño get us out of this mess?

Climatologists say global weather patterns may shift so that the drought could end later this year. But let us not count our chickens until we examine sacred cows.