Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent
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
One of the many state parks that are threatened with closure due to California's fiscal problems is in Encino. KPCC's Molly Peterson has more on Los Encinos, which is named for the coast live oak trees that are native to the valley.
State fish and game officials say the peregrine falcon is no longer endangered in California. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports the bird is bucking a trend.
A wildfire has burned more than 50 square miles of land near Santa Barbara. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that the La Brea fire has closed part of a national forest and forced people to evacuate their homes.
Harbor officials have approved a plan to improve water quality around San Pedro and Long Beach.
Police are looking for a man who assaulted a Culver City councilman outside his bar early Sunday morning. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.
The prospect of oil drilling off the coast of California spurred heated debate at a meeting of the state lands commission Tuesday. Some environmental advocates argued that policymakers shouldn’t even discuss new exploration for oil offshore.
Federal environmental officials say they’ll stimulate interest in green jobs among Los Angeles students using stimulus money. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.
The state lands commission is discussing the risks to the coast from offshore oil drilling in Los Angeles Tuesday.
California political and policy leaders are among those taking part in a national energy summit today in Las Vegas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that green jobs are a hot topic.
Air regulators say the Chevron refinery in El Segundo violated pollution standards for 11 days and may pay penalties. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.
A conference focused on the future of electric and hybrid cars you can plug into the wall takes place in Long Beach Monday through Thursday. KPCC’s Molly Peterson offers this preview.
The Los Angeles Police Department that Chief William Bratton leaves behind is not the one he took over seven years ago. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has a look at Bratton’s legacy.
Los Angeles County planners will consider tightening rules at the Inglewood Oil field to address neighbors' concerns about the effects of drilling nearby. KPCC's Molly Peterson has the story.
A new and larger system of marine protected areas off southern California’s coast is under discussion this week in San Diego County. State resource managers are consulting people who fish and play in coastal waters to help choose where and how to limit access to valuable areas. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports there’s some tension between ecological and economic values.
A state report out todayrecommends that California take decisive action to adapt to changing climate, higher sea levels, hotter temperatures and the possibility of more severe fire events. More on the story from KPCC’s Molly Peterson.