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

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.

In April, never more excited to be a Trojan; in June, USC's Floyd steps down

Veteran coach Tim Floyd has resigned from the University of Southern California men’s basketball team. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says he had considered leaving, but stayed.

USC basketball coach Tim Floyd resigns

Veteran college basketball coach Tim Floyd has resigned from his position at the University of Southern California. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says a Mississippi paper broke news of the Hattiesburg native’s decision today.

Met Water Board considers replenishing popular rebate program

Metropolitan Water Board directors want studies about adding millions of dollars to a rebate program for water-saving appliances. KPCCs Molly Peterson says Metropolitan’s program is more popular than officials had thought it would be.

LA Catholic schools open doors wider this summer

Schools in the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese plan to open their doors to all children for summer school this year, after the L.A. Unified School District canceled most public summer classes for budget reasons.

Summer school continues in LA's Catholic schools

Catholic schools in Los Angeles say they’re ready to step in for public schools that won’t hold classes this summer. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that Catholic schools will charge, but will be open.