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

3 mountain lion kittens killed in traffic

Wildlife experts in the mountains say the two separate incidents reflect the difficulty the big cats face in moving around an urbanized landscape.

Exide seeks time to comply with new arsenic emissions rule

Vernon-based Exide is petitioning in LA Superior Court and directly to air regulators to have a recently-passed air quality rule scrubbed.

Drought: Town north of LA faces prospect of dry wells

State health officials say 17 communities are at risk of running out of water by May, including Lake of the Woods, a Kern County community above the Tejon Pass.

Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards nominated for DWP GM

Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards has been nominated to be the next general manager of the Department of Water and Power, replacing departing chief Ron Nichols.

Garcetti nominates Anaheim's Marcie Edwards to LADWP's top post

If confirmed, Edwards would be DWP's first woman GM. She and Garcetti say that the largest municipal utility in the country needs reform and transparency.

Gov. Brown to water leaders: Drought is a 'wake-up call'

At a meeting Thursday with the governor, Jeff Kightlinger of the Metropolitan Water District said he'll be asking the board to double the budget for conservation.

DWP's biggest achievements are environmental, says outgoing chief

Ron Nichols began DWP's phaseout of coal-fired energy.

DWP chief denies departure linked to controversy over $40M

The head of the nation's largest public utility also said he was "dumbfounded" by the DWP labor union's resistance to disclosing financial records.

Colby Fire: Containment estimate doubles from 30 to 61 percent

Fire officials say that containment is going to be later than earlier thought. They appeared to hope that backfires overnight would do more than they have.

AllenCo says it will respond to EPA notice of violations

Federal agency claims oil facility has violated clean air and water regulations.

Air regulators sue Exide, seeking $40 million in penalties

The South Coast Air Quality Management District alleges Exide Technologies has committed numerous air pollution violations linked to lead and arsenic emissions.

Smash hit podcast 'Welcome to Night Vale' comes to LA and Off-Ramp

John Rabe talks with Joseph Fink of the hit podcast "Welcome to Night Vale," about a small desert town that might be run by aliens of a shadow government. The show is coming to LA.

Allenco hit with violations of federal Clean Water, Clean Air Acts

Some Environmental Protection Agency officials got dizzy and nauseous while touring the company's University Park oil pumping facility last October.

Exide faces tighter limits on arsenic emissions

Regional air regulators tighten rules for arsenic and other toxic emissions at Exide and Quemetco, the region's two battery recycling plants.

In Governor's budget proposal, green is good

Surging revenue returned a wave of funding to environmental issues in California, as Governor Jerry Brown released his budget Thursday.