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

CA warns anglers of mercury in bass, carp, and brown trout

A new health risk advisory says women under the age of 45 and children should not eat carp, bass, or larger brown trout caught in California reservoirs and lakes.

Beachcombing: Tiny crustaceans disappear from some SoCal beaches (photos)

Sand-burrowing isopods live in a beach's intertidal zone; a new UCSB study finds them, and their favored habitat, in peril, mostly due to coastal development.

Carson declares emergency over Carousel contamination

Carson city officials said toxic contamination beneath homes in the Carousel neighborhood is an urgent problem and needs emergency action.

Carousel contamination may mean Carson emergency

Toxic contamination under houses in Carson's Carousel neighborhood may move the city's leaders to declare a state of local emergency.

70 years later, remembering the day the smog blocked out the sky

In July 1943 a "gas attack" hit the city of Los Angeles — not from the Axis powers, but from within. July 26 is a key date in the region's war on smog.

UCLA forum focuses on science and policy of fracking

The Union of Concerned Scientists sponsored the meeting to develop recommendations about how to study and regulate the practice, and how communities can monitor it.

Report: LA DWP spent millions on extra sick days

A report says the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power spent tens of millions of dollars on extra sick days for its employees, and some workers may have abused the system.

Nonprofit group proposes 51-mile Los Angeles River greenway

The group also wants to use a $4 million donation from philanthropist Morton LaKretz to build a bridge between Griffith Park and Atwater Village.

Long Beach hosts effort to draft a national ocean exploration plan

In a bid to raise undersea exploration's profile, experts will draft a proposed national plan for ocean exploration that they can present to President Obama.

Climate change forces US Forest Service to manage big fires differently

Cutting underbrush and thinning trees is only so effective. With climate change making fires more intense, the US Forest Service is rethinking how it fights big blazes.

Beachcombing: SoCal's geologic history, as told by the sand

A trip to the beach offers an opportunity to learn where Southern California's sand comes from and why it looks and feels different on different beaches.

CPUC to move transmission lines underground in Chino Hills

The Public Utilities Commission has decided to put a stretch of high-voltage transmission lines underground through a densely-populated stretch of Chino Hills.

Mammoth Lakes, DWP end fight over Mammoth Creek water rights

Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes said Thursday they have ended a lengthy legal battle over water rights in the eastern Sierra.

Merced Plan delay a setback for Yosemite park planning

The National Park Service now says it hopes to finalize a key plan for how most people experience Yosemite by the end of the year, rather than this summer.

FAQ: Wrangling cash-for-grass rebates in Southern California

Cash-for-grass rebate programs aren't new, but you might be surprised about which city offers the most money to promote drought-tolerant landscaping.