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