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

Bird conservation group, looking to diversify its flock

Audubon California is expanding the programs at its center in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. It’s looking to increase the local flock of bird enthusiasts. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on the group’s progress.

Cars need cool glass to combat global warming, state air board says

California’s air regulators will require passenger vehicles to have specially coated windshields that reflect sunlight and reduce the need for air conditioning. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the rule starts taking effect in 3 years.

Coolant replacements now believed a greater global warming threat

A new study projects hydrofluorocarbons could speed global warming more than previously thought. Those chemicals mostly replaced other gases believed to destroy the atmosphere. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports some scientists now believe they’re problematic too.

No money for testing DNA evidence, says LA County sheriff

L.A. County has stopped testing DNA evidence from rape and sexual assault cases. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the sheriff says there’s no money for it.

Federal regulators propose pesticide pollution cleanup on ocean floor

The Environmental Protection Agency wants public comment about its plan to clean up pesticide off the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Even faced with budget crisis, state grows Green Chemistry

Statewide efforts to rethink how California deals with toxic hazards continue as environmental officials write new rules to govern dangerous substances. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has the latest on California’s so-called “Green Chemistry Initiative.”

EPA proposes Palos Verdes peninsula pollution cleanup

There will be a public hearing this week over federal plans to clean up an enormous deposit of the pesticide DDT off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has a preview.

LA Airport authority's proposed budget pinches pennies

L.A. Airport commissioners are looking at a budget for next year that pushes out maintenance and other costs while the financial crisis still cripples local finances. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

State regulators approve Edison's massive solar program

The California Public Utilities Commission has approved a plan by Southern California Edison to install solar panels on hundreds of commercial buildings. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

State seeks input on Marine Protected Areas along Southern California coast

Science advisors for the state’s marine life protection act are meeting in Los Angeles Thursday. California also wants regular people from the Southland to weigh in on where it sets environmental protection off the coast. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports regular people can be hard to find.

Cement pollution gets airing in Southern California

Pollution limits for cement factories got an airing in the Southland Tuesday. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the federal Environmental Protection Agency's hoping to establish rules almost two decades after first proposing them.

Federal officials consider air pollution rules for cement kilns

In Los Angeles today the federal Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comment about air pollution from cement plants. Current rules don’t require cement manufacturers to measure how much toxic mercury they release.

Cement kiln pollution gets public airing in LA

Federal regulators in Los Angeles this week are asking for public comment about proposed regulations to cut air pollution from cement manufacturing. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Southland researchers measure air pollution further from freeway

A team of scientists led by the UCLA School of Public Health has found that the air pollution emitted by cars on the freeway extends 10 times the distance previously measured. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on a new study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

Superfund cleanup considered on Palos Verdes Peninsula

Federal regulators want to spend $36 million to cap a massive deposit of toxic chemicals in the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the plan for the federal Superfund site is controversial.