KQED Radio Staff
Multimedia Producer, Climate Watch
Molly Samuel joined KQED as an intern in 2007, and since then has worked here as a reporter, producer, director and blogger. Before becoming Multimedia Producer, she was an occasional contributor and fill-in producer for Climate Watch.
Molly has also reported for NPR, KALW and High Country News, and has produced audio stories for The Encyclopedia of Life and the Oakland Museum of California. She was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center. Molly has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.
Stories (35 archives)
The city of Pittsburg, 20 miles east of Oakland, is considering a new oil terminal that would supply crude to Bay Area refineries. It would bring in oil via ship, pipeline and railroad. But there have been a number of recent accidents around the United States involving rail shipments of crude oil -- and some locals are concerned about the safety of the project.
Twenty-four of the world's best surfers are competing today at Mavericks, the big-wave surfing competition in Half Moon Bay. Conditions for the huge waves happen only in winter -- and they don't come every year.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed on to a new climate pact with Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. As part of the multifaceted plan to fight climate change and ocean acidification the states -- and province -- agreed to put a price on carbon, invest together on clean energy technologies and support greener transportation.
Among the bills Governor Jerry Brown must consider in the next 28 days are some addressing gun control, migrant workers and renewable energy. One of the bills sitting on his desk would make solar and wind power easily available to millions of Californians.
When it comes to oil production, California is no Texas. But the Golden State is actually third among states extracting crude oil from the ground -- just behind the Lone Star State and North Dakota. Valero, the nation's largest refiner of oil, now wants to start using trains to bring that crude oil to its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. And that's raising concerns about safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia.