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

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.

Stimulus includes money for cleaning up school bus pollution

Stimulus money California’s expecting from the federal Environmental Protection Agency includes money for cleaning up pollution from school buses. KPCC’s Molly Peterson explains.

LA City Council delays vote on water rate plan

The Los Angeles City Council has rejected a rate plan from the Department of Water and Power intended to promote water conservation. KPCC's Molly Peterson reports that Angelenos may still face new and higher prices for the water they use.

LA city council delays vote to raise water rates

The L.A. City Council has delayed voting on a plan that could raise water rates for homes and businesses this summer. KPCC’s Molly Peterson has more.