Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

Mary Plummer
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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

Mary began her career in broadcast at ABC News in London, where she worked on TV stories for the network’s news lineup and regularly covered Europe for ABCNews.com.

Mary has a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, The New York Times, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun. Plummer grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.


Stories by Mary Plummer

LA, Orange counties seeking thousands of poll workers

Election officials have recruited some workers for the general election, but many more are needed for what's expected to be a busy day.

Santa Monica's sales tax could top charts if voters approve

Think your sales taxes are high enough? City and county officials across Southern California are proposing increases in November's election.

CA voters could see record number of school bond measures

In LA County alone an early list shows 28 school bond measures, nearly half of all local measures, are set to come before voters.

District's future uncertain as LA councilman set to leave

Constituents are wondering what's next after hearing word that L.A. City Council member Felipe Fuentes will soon leave his seat to become a lobbyist.

Erskine Fire victims must decide: Stay or relocate?

The Bakersfield-area blaze consumed 48,000 acres, including more than 250 homes. Two people died. Now the path to recovery for many is unclear.

As deadline nears, some local seats have no contenders

In LA County alone there are about 90 local races on the November ballot. The deadline for candidates to file is on Friday.

Where to ask for help after a wildfire disaster

Dealing with the stress and chaos that comes with an unexpected wildfire can make finding help difficult. Here's a list of resources to help guide those affected.

LA councilman safe from recall effort as deadline passes

Late Tuesday, the City Clerk's office confirmed that a group trying to oust Paul Krekorian did not file the necessary signatures to move forward.

Community mourns Erskine fire victims, works to cope with the aftermath

A memorial for a couple killed in the most destructive fire in California so far this year gathers together those grieving, and struggles with scant resources to recover.

Finally, California's primary results officially official

After more than a month since California's primary election, the Secretary of State certified the county results Friday, marking an official end to the vote count.

California delegates expect Trump nomination despite opposition

As California prepares to send 172 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, talk is swirling about anti-Donald Trump delegates.

No. 1 voter complaint in California: Poll workers

A data request by KPCC has found that voters statewide cited poll workers as their top complaint on election day, suggesting better training may be needed.

California vote count wraps up, with certification soon

California's Secretary of State has until Friday to certify the primary results submitted by 58 counties.

More delays for California's voter registration database

The secretary of state says enhancements are needed before launching the statewide voter registration database.

What happened to the couple who died in the Erskine Fire?

Byron McKaig, called his pastor as smoke was filling his home. He and his wife later collapsed in an embrace near a fence in their yard.