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

Santa Barbara County wildfire forces evacuation for 150 homes

A wildfire has burned more than 50 square miles of land near Santa Barbara. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that the La Brea fire has closed part of a national forest and forced people to evacuate their homes.

Water quality improvements in progress at Southland ports

Harbor officials have approved a plan to improve water quality around San Pedro and Long Beach.

Culver City councilman remains in hospital after late night assault

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a Culver City councilman outside his bar early Sunday morning. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Offshore oil drilling discussion heats up at state lands commission meeting

The prospect of oil drilling off the coast of California spurred heated debate at a meeting of the state lands commission Tuesday. Some environmental advocates argued that policymakers shouldn’t even discuss new exploration for oil offshore.

EPA wants stimulus money for jobs cleaning up contamination

Federal environmental officials say they’ll stimulate interest in green jobs among Los Angeles students using stimulus money. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Lands commission holds hearing on offshore oil, Tranqillon Ridge project

The state lands commission is discussing the risks to the coast from offshore oil drilling in Los Angeles Tuesday.

Villaraigosa at Vegas energy summit; Schwarzenegger skips for family

California political and policy leaders are among those taking part in a national energy summit today in Las Vegas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that green jobs are a hot topic.

Chevron refinery ammonia spill draws violations from regulators

Air regulators say the Chevron refinery in El Segundo violated pollution standards for 11 days and may pay penalties. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Electric/hybrid plug-in car conference takes place in Long Beach

A conference focused on the future of electric and hybrid cars you can plug into the wall takes place in Long Beach Monday through Thursday. KPCC’s Molly Peterson offers this preview.

LAPD transformed under Chief Bratton's tenure

The Los Angeles Police Department that Chief William Bratton leaves behind is not the one he took over seven years ago. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has a look at Bratton’s legacy.

LA County planners to rethink rules around Inglewood Oil Field

Los Angeles County planners will consider tightening rules at the Inglewood Oil field to address neighbors' concerns about the effects of drilling nearby. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.

State setting values for marine life in new protected areas

A new and larger system of marine protected areas off southern California’s coast is under discussion this week in San Diego County. State resource managers are consulting people who fish and play in coastal waters to help choose where and how to limit access to valuable areas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports there’s some tension between ecological and economic values.

California working to reduce contribution to global warming

A state report out todayrecommends that California take decisive action to adapt to changing climate, higher sea levels, hotter temperatures and the possibility of more severe fire events. More on the story from KPCC’s Molly Peterson.

Legislators, regulators, and businesses at Green Tech Connect Forum in Pasadena

The South Coast Air Quality Management District sponsors a green technology forum in Pasadena Monday and Tuesday. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Recovery Act funding to stimulate wetlands restoration in Huntington Beach

Federal economic stimulus money is helping to pay for a long-planned marsh restoration project in Orange County. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that it’s one of nine projects in California to benefit from this federal largesse.