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
How vulnerable is Los Angeles to rising sea levels? A report out today from USC says the city’s preparations for encroaching shorelines has been uneven.
California water managers greeted the first Sierra Nevada snow pack survey of the year with words like “abysmal” and “dismal” describing potential water supplies.
Jerry Meral will advocate for a controversial $25 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.
Thursday marked a milestone for California solar energy, with the state's solar facilities adding enough electricity into the state grid for about 3 million homes
This past year, many Southern California communities were pitted against big polluters or regulatory agencies, especially in places like Boyle Heights, Vernon and Huntington Park.
More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.
Its goal is for L.A. "to use exclusively renewable energy and local water by 2050 while protecting biodiversity and enhancing quality of life."
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would build tunnels to bring water to the thirsty south. How much is uncertain, so the LA DWP is shoring up local supplies too.
Gov. Jerry Brown and Southern California water interests are top supporters of a plan to restore Sacramento Delta habitat while shoring up water delivery systems.
Only 10 percent of the amount of DDT expected to be in ocean sediment off Palos Verdes was found in the last round of testing.
L.A. Audubon’s Baldwin Hills initiative nurtures conservation in Dorsey High School students, while encouraging them to cross-pollinate their research with art.
Scripps researcher says reefs can reduce the rate of ocean acidification, but at some cost to their own health.
The California Department of Water Resources on Wednesday announced one of the smallest initial allocations of water from state-run reservoirs.
Drinking water in Los Angeles gets high marks. But new federal regulations are requiring expensive changes to L.A.’s water storage system.
A large array of solar panels the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proposing for the floor of the Owens Valley will get a public meeting in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.