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

Counties pulling 'stay and defend' out of fire strategies

Most Santa Barbara residents under evacuation orders because of the Jesusita Fire have returned home. A few never left. They defended their houses. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on how authorities talk to southern Californians in fire-prone regions about the decision to stay behind.

Regulators find jewelry with dangerous amounts of lead for sale in Southland

State regulators say they’ve found dozens of varieties of jewelry that contain dangerous amounts of lead for sale at Southland stores and wholesalers. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Regional water regulators crack down on violations in Malibu

Regional water quality investigators say 39 Malibu businesses and public facilities are violating water quality standards. More on the story from KPCC's Molly Peterson.

State set to limit carbon dioxide emissions

California's air regulators will consider today whether to enact the world's first rule reducing the carbon footprint and climate effects of transportation fuels. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports.

New book explores John Muir's passion for botany

Naturalist John Muir maintained a legendary devotion to California's Sierra Nevada. A new book explores the lesser-known passion that rooted his love for nature: plants. KPCC's Molly Peterson says Muir cultivated his botanical studies through a Southland connection.

New study tracks mountain lion paths

Like humans who have freeways and bike paths, wild animals in the Southland also benefit from clear paths from Point A to Point B. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more about a new study that tracks the ways mountain lions get around.

LA City Council approves DWP water rate plan

After prolonged debate, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a rate proposal from the Department of Water and Power. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says that could mean higher bills.

LA mayor appoints new environment deputy mayor

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa lost a deputy mayor to the Obama Administration this year. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says the mayor’s placed a new cowboy in the city’s top environment post.

Task force considers how protecting marine areas will affect fishing

Members of a blue ribbon task force for marine protected areas are considering how those areas could affect Southern California fishermen’s ability to make a living. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Mayor Villaraigosa hopes green business will help LA's economy

In his state of the city address, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa acknowledged a $530 million deficit and an idling economy. KPCC's Molly Peterson says the mayor sees hope in green business.

Workers at LA, Long Beach ports now need special ID cards

Workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles starting today must show a high-tech ID card at terminal gates to get to their jobs. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says harbor officials are hoping they’re ready.

Water and power commissioners pass new water pricing plan

Los Angeles water customers could face higher rates on bills this summer after water and power commissioners passed a pricing plan aimed at encouraging less consumption. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Mayor Villaraigosa delivers State of th City address

Shirley Jahad talks to KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on the details of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's State of the City address.

Middle Harbor project may move forward

Long Beach harbor commissioners today consider the environmental effects of a proposed $750 million dollar expansion project. The project would be the second largest in the port's history. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on prospects for the port area known as Middle Harbor.

Metropolitan Water District could cut supplies to customers

Before the week is through, the Metropolitan Water District could cut supplies to its customers for the first time in 18 years. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports on what that means for Southern California.