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

An interview with "Matthew Glass," author of Ultimatum

Earlier I confessed to my fascination with climate change fiction - visions of a future global warming-driven apocalypse, in film and in books. Reading Ultimatum made me want to talk to the author.

Climate ultimatum, negotiation or apocalypse

The summer The Day After Tomorrow came out, I was a fellow at a workshop at the University of Rhode Island's Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. It was a fascinating time for oceans, with the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.

LA city leaders to monitor DWP water line replacement

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials will report to the city’s political leaders about water mains after two major pipe ruptures in Studio City and Valley Village. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Carmakers, Chamber of Commerce continue waiver wars

Two groups have filed a lawsuit against the federal government for its decision to let California and other states regulate greenhouse gases from tailpipes. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.

Southern California moving closer to marine protected areas

State officials have sought opinions from people who play and work along the Southern California coast about the best ways to safeguard its marine life. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says a meeting about marine protected areas takes place in Los Angeles.

MPAs, MLPAs: A salty alphabet soup

We've got another regional meeting for what to do with marine protected areas off shore, Tuesday, in southern California. The process for establishing marine protected areas is in full simmer in southern California, for waters from Point Concepcion to the Mexican border.

Federal EPA rejects overseas e-waste dumping by Monterey Park company

An import-export company in Monterey Park must craft a plan to recycle 32-thousand pounds of electronic waste it tried to dump overseas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports.

Station Fire updates

KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that firefighters are utilizing a 747 that can drop 20,000 gallons of flame retardant on Yucaipa and Santa Clara Ridge. Read more about this plane at Wired.

Monitoring weather conditions in fire areas

KPCC reporter Molly Peterson spoke with a meteorologist from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). He explained how they monitor weather conditions in fire areas. They use RAWS, or Remote Automated Weather Stations, to monitor humidity, temperature, and other data points.

Station Fire cranky; air quality still poor

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Molly Peterson on the latest details of the Station Fire; He also talks to Sam Atwood with the Air Quality Management District on how the smoke continues to be unhealthy for the Southland.

More than 120,000 acres burned in Station Fire

The Station Fire has burned more than 120,000 acres. KPCC's Steve Julian talks to KPCC's Molly Peterson as the fire officials have the first morning update on the fire.

Station Fire size can jeopardize fire tactics

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Molly Peterson on the latest on the Station Fire. She says the size of the fire could jeopardize fire tactics.

Fire, the Revelator

If Hurricane Katrina were a superhero, in LA right now, she'd be The Quantifier. This Station Fire is as big a disaster as Katrina... That's one way to do it. Or, as I heard today on Patt Morrison's show, about evacuating animals: We learned our lesson during Katrina.

Firefighters continue to battle growing Station Fire

KPCC's Steve Julian talks to Molly Peterson, and gives us the latest of the Station Fire that has grown overnight.

Santa Monica Mountains residents seek more responsibility for fighting fire

Two autumns ago, a fire in Malibu’s Corral Canyon destroyed more than 50 houses and caused $100 million of damage. Since then, some people who live in and around the Santa Monica Mountains have started their own fire protection efforts. KPCC’s Molly Peterson profiles one of these groups.