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

$1m federal grant to upgrade criminalists’ background in DNA for LA

$1million of federal money awarded to Cal State Los Angeles will help LA city and county catch up on the analysis of old evidence from sexual assault cases.

DNA training for LA criminalists to help cut backlog of sex assault cases

A million-dollar federal grant to Cal State Los Angeles will help crime labs in the city and county of LA catch up on a backlog of evidence in sexual assault cases.

Arcadia land use rules must meet CA “anti-sprawl” requirements

City leaders in Arcadia are meeting today to considering whether proposed land use rules meet new state standards. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

A lot of media, a few dedicated fans, line entry to Forest Lawn Memorial Park

A few fans and plenty of media trucks from around the world are camped outside the cemetery that’ll likely become Michael Jackson’s final resting place. KPCC’s Molly Peterson is in the San Fernando Valley.

Media circus and fans at cemetery where Michael Jackson will be buried

A few fans and plenty of media trucks from around the world are camped outside the cemetery that’ll likely become Michael Jackson’s final resting place. KPCC’s Molly Peterson is at Forest Lawn in the San Fernando Valley.

Hybrid owners can peel out on orange oil tires made with less petroleum

As California and federal lawmakers consider ways to wean car owners off petroleum, some tire manufacturers are trying to do the same. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has this story about tire technology.

California's otter population struggles; scientists probe causes

Federal scientists say sea otters along California’s coast are dying more quickly and moving into new territory. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Camera crews, fans, vendors jockey for position, tickets outside Staples Center

Television cameras from as far away as New Zealand formed the biggest crowd down on Chick Hearn Plaza at the L.A. Live complex, as news outlets broadcast plans for Michael Jackson’s memorial next Tuesday. But KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the few fans and souvenir vendors were enthusiastic.

Jackson fans enter memorial lottery, hoping for golden ticket

Representatives of the Jackson family and L.A. city officials today announced plans for a memorial for Michael Jackson to be held Tuesday at the Staples Center. KPCC’s Molly Peterson spoke to one of the King of Pop’s fans who came to downtown Los Angeles.

LA county health officials say check your beach before you pack your car

As people throughout the Southland flock to the coast this weekend, Los Angeles County public health officials say it’s a good idea to check beach water quality before you spread out your towel. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

LA Mayor says green values can grow jobs, money for the city

In Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa took the oath of office for his second term as mayor and set out five goals for his next four years in office. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says environmental responsibility figures big in several of the mayor’s initiatives.

Beginning second term, LA mayor vows new, greener jobs, renewable energy

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa again took the oath of office today at City Hall. At the start of his second term, Villaraigosa vowed to create new, eco-friendly job opportunities. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

After years of pressing, California gets to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas

The federal government has decided to grant California the right to regulate vehicle tailpipes for greenhouse gas emissions. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Federal land managers map possible solar projects

Federal land managers say they’ll hasten the development of solar projects on public land in California and five other Western states. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more on the announcement.

Activists, immigrants rights advocates call for US action after Honduras coup

Immigrants rights advocates, progressive activists, and Central Americans who live in Los Angeles say the United States should do as much as possible to support ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.