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

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.

No Waste is Good Waste, City of L.A. Says

Two years of planning about ways to cut the amount of garbage Los Angeles throws away wrap up this weekend. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that city sanitation officials will unveil a zero waste plan at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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.

City sanitation officals to unveil zero waste plan

Two years of planning about ways to cut the amount of garbage Los Angeles throws away wrap up this weekend. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that city sanitation officials will unveil a zero waste plan at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Federal government delays action again on protections for forests

The U.S. Forest Service has imposed a “time out” on development and roads in millions of acres of federal land, mostly in the West. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the move aims to unify a national policy that’s gotten messy.

Fire officials warn budget cuts may affect emergency response

Fire officials are warning Southland cities and towns that budget cuts may affect emergency response. KPCC's Molly Peterson says that's one reason they're asking people to clear out when a wildfire approaches their neighborhoods.

Budget cuts likely to affect environmental programs, parks

The governor's plans for the state budget close a gap of either 15 or 21 billion dollars - depending on the result of next Tuesday's election. California will cut some of that money from environment programs and emergency response fees. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on what that means for parkgoers and property owners.

Santa Monica considers how to handle water shortages

Santa Monica’s City Council considers a formal plan to respond to water shortages tonight. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that conservation has the city in good shape.

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.