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

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.

World Oceans Day marked in US

California’s congressional offices are sponsoring talks this week on marine sanctuaries and the ocean economy.

Congress looking for economic benefits in ocean

Capitol Hill marks World Ocean Day every year with a week of meetings and hearings about coastal issues. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says that this year, the economic value of the ocean is front and center.

Mitigation money meetings for Middle Harbor in Long Beach

Port officials in Long Beach begin a series of public meetings this week to decide how they’ll spend $15 million earmarked for the community. KPCC’s Molly Peterson tells us the money is tied to a port expansion project.

Coastal Commission considers camping in Malibu

A plan to allow overnight camping at three sites in Malibu is on the agenda of the California Coastal Commission. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says it’s meeting in Marina del Rey later this week.

LA city councilman Garcetti wrote songs with Tony nominee

Sunday night the American Theater Wing bestows its top honors on Broadway’s outstanding artists. This year, in typical fashion, several musicals up for Tony awards have Los Angeles connections. KPCC’s Molly Peterson found an unusual tie between one award contender and a local politician.

DWP pays Angelenos to rip put lawns

A day after it imposed new mandatory limits on water use within the city of Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power says it’ll pay people to rip out their lawns. KPCC’s Molly Peterson gets to the roots of the story.

Mandatory water conservation starts in LA

New – and for some people, higher – water rates take effect in the City of Los Angeles today. KPCC’s Molly Peterson tells us how they work.

Lands commission objects to resurrected drilling proposal

The governor’s plans to cut California’s deficit rely in part on resurrecting an oil project off Santa Barbara that state lands commissioners killed in January. At a hearing today in Santa Monica, lands commissioners objected to proposed legislation that would cut them out of the approval process.

Off Santa Barbara, oil stays in sediment, study finds

Oil seeps have long left their mark on the Santa Barbara coast with slicks on the sea, and tar balls on the beach. New research published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology aims to explain where and how the seeping oil settles into the marine environment. KPCC’s Molly Peterson talked to one scientist on the project.