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

After the Station Fire, forest specialists survey the damage

Near Los Angeles County foothill cities, a team of federal scientists is studying environmental impacts from the Station Fire. Authorities will use that team's work to decide how to protect areas from flooding this winter.

Web site fertilizes shared gardens in Southern California

Urban gardeners in the Southland see opportunity in every median strip and patch of dirt. These days they have to; there’s a waiting list for community garden space in Los Angeles County. A business owner in the city of Vernon has seeded new planting partnerships with the L.A. Community Garden Council. KPCC's Molly Peterson says they found common ground through online social networking.

Urban farmers getting rooftop farming off the ground

Interest in urban farming is growing even faster than late summer corn. Throughout Los Angeles County, community gardens have sprouted by the thousands, and there’s a shortage of room for newcomers. KPCC's Molly Peterson found would-be gardeners with creative solutions for landing patches of tillable soil. **Featuring Green Piece Warriors slideshow**

DWP continues conversation about LA solar

Los Angeles water and power officials begin a series of public workshops on what solar power plans for the region will look like. KPCC's Molly Peterson offers this preview.

DWP and Solar: Let the sun shine...

The LA Department of Water and Power took a little bit of a beating with the defeat of flyer is long on locations; it's short on specific details about what they'll do with people's input.

Schwarzenegger signs order raising RPS, renewable energy standards

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that sets the highest standard in the country for renewable energy in the state's power mix. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has the story.

California aims toward a renewable-energy future

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that commits California to generating one-third of its power from renewable energy in 11 years.

Yes, you can...have a garden in the fall

A preview of coming attractions: Last month, amid Katrina madness, I talked with a lot of very enthusiastic folks about community gardening. Which happens to be on the rise, what with the financial apocalypse and all.

California politicians scrapping over renewable power standards

A debate over how to encourage California utilities to get more power from renewable sources is heating up in Sacramento.

RPS: Will a Schwarzenegger order work as well as law?

Governor Schwarzenegger plans to announce aggressive new standards for renewable energy. Legislators, environmentalists, and energy producers say they share the governor’s goals. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports some don’t share his views about accomplishing them.

RPS: What renewables count, and how much?

Debate over how to encourage renewable power is heating up in Sacramento. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on standards for utilities that could become the toughest in the nation.

Zipcar offerings grow near UCLA, USC

Car sharing services in Los Angeles will expand under a plan announced today by city leaders and the company Zipcar. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

An interview with "Matthew Glass," author of Ultimatum

Earlier I confessed to my fascination with climate change fiction - visions of a future global warming-driven apocalypse, in film and in books. Reading Ultimatum made me want to talk to the author.

Climate ultimatum, negotiation or apocalypse

The summer The Day After Tomorrow came out, I was a fellow at a workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. It was a fascinating time for oceans, with the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.

LA city leaders to monitor DWP water line replacement

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials will report to the city’s political leaders about water mains after two major pipe ruptures in Studio City and Valley Village. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.