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

LA Catholic schools open doors wider this summer

Schools in the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese plan to open their doors to all children for summer school this year, after the L.A. Unified School District canceled most public summer classes for budget reasons.

Summer school continues in LA's Catholic schools

Catholic schools in Los Angeles say they’re ready to step in for public schools that won’t hold classes this summer. KPCC’s Molly Peterson reports that Catholic schools will charge, but will be open.

World Oceans Day marked in US

California’s congressional offices are sponsoring talks this week on marine sanctuaries and the ocean economy.

Congress looking for economic benefits in ocean

Capitol Hill marks World Ocean Day every year with a week of meetings and hearings about coastal issues. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says that this year, the economic value of the ocean is front and center.

Coastal Commission considers camping in Malibu

A plan to allow overnight camping at three sites in Malibu is on the agenda of the California Coastal Commission. KPCC’s Molly Peterson says it’s meeting in Marina del Rey later this week.

Mitigation money meetings for Middle Harbor in Long Beach

Port officials in Long Beach begin a series of public meetings this week to decide how they’ll spend $15 million earmarked for the community. KPCC’s Molly Peterson tells us the money is tied to a port expansion project.

LA city councilman Garcetti wrote songs with Tony nominee

Sunday night the American Theater Wing bestows its top honors on Broadway’s outstanding artists. This year, in typical fashion, several musicals up for Tony awards have Los Angeles connections. KPCC’s Molly Peterson found an unusual tie between one award contender and a local politician.

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.