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
As part of our month-long "Season's Givings" series, KPCC's Molly Peterson profiles the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. The program delivers hot lunches to homebound seniors seven days a week. It's the biggest program of its kind in the country.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday denied a waiver that would have allowed California to set its own rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.
The Pasadena City Council approved voluntary water use restrictions on Monday night. The council could adopt mandatory restrictions in the future if the water situation worsens. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the city's water utility is warning about a serious shortage.
This week, we've been examining the problem of invasive species in Southland waters. For more than 100 years, California's stocked lakes, rivers, and streams for recreational anglers. But that's getting harder to do because of more non-native species entering the state ... and more scientific research. KPCC's Molly Peterson starts where some trout do: at a hatchery in the Eastern Sierra.
Since the Gold Rush, California's been a destination for an unwanted hitchhiker. Invasive marine plants and animals can create expensive damage to ecosystems by squeezing out native species. Still, public agencies say it's a challenge to find money and support to prevent problems. As California builds a plan to manage aquatic invasions, KPCC's Molly Peterson examines the effectiveness of programs aimed at stopping seagoing pests.
They've come to California by plane, on foot, and over seas. But aquatic pests are no ordinary immigrants. Invasive marine and freshwater species that travel here from around the globe can degrade the environment and cost millions of dollars to the economy and to government agencies. KPCC's Molly Peterson explores how California is coping with aquatic invasive plants and animals. She begins with a battle against an invader at the state's border.
The race for the next clean automobile has been heating up these last few months. Different technologies are still jockeying for position. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports plug-in hybrid cars have gotten a new boost... particularly from Californians.
An unusual colony of sea birds is thriving in an unusual place: an abandoned barge in Long Beach harbor. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that hundreds of Caspian terns may be doing well enough there to migrate safely within weeks.
The state Air Resources Board has taken its first step in cutting greenhouse gas emissions under an aggressive law passed last year, but some critics say the board's action is a tentative one.
Director and UCLA film school graduate Zack Godshall will show his indie flick, "Low and Behold," for the first time in Southern California tonight. The film follows a rookie insurance claims adjuster around New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The annual beach report card by the environmental group Heal the Bay found that Long Beach had the state's most polluted beaches. All but three of the city's beaches received fair to poor grades.
Los Angeles leaders looking at 820 acres of charred ground in Griffith Park are eager to come up with a recovery plan, in part to allay neighboring residents' fears of wet season mudslides. But scientists say one of the best restoration strategies is to wait. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is planning to fine the Valero refinery in Wilmington about a million dollars this year for using a toxic chemical. Valero argues that it's at the mercy of another state agency.
The 40-acre Rio de Los Angeles Park, which is set to open today in L.A's Cypress Park area, could serve as a model for the greening of other areas around the city. The park is located on the same spot where railroad tracks used to lie.
A national environmental advocacy group has added Orange County's San Mateo Creek to its annual list of the country's most endangered rivers.