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

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.

Local Honduran community speaks about coup

US President Barack Obama has denounced the coup Sunday in Honduras that ousted leftist President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Latino activists seek support to turn back coup in Honduras

Advocates for Latino and immigrant rights in Los Angeles want the United States and other countries to take a strong stand with the organizers of a recent coup in Honduras.

Palos Verdes pollution cleanup proposed, but environmental, health impacts linger

Almost 40 years after pesticide spilled into the Palos Verdes peninsula, federal and state officials are still getting a handle on how that toxic waste harms marine life - and people who fish for it. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on plans to address a decades-old mess.

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.