Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a reporter on SCPR's education team, covering arts education. Before joining the beat she was an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

Plummer 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.

Plummer 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 and was the editor in chief of her campus newspaper. 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

House of Blues foundation to give away musical instruments

Organizers of the campaign, known as "Give Music," expect to distribute about 350 instruments to aspiring musicians age 10 to 22.

The pros and cons of studying for finals to music

As students dive into their books to study for finals, it's time to ask: will classical music in the background help you ace that test?

Researchers exploring the arts as a tool to teach science

An expansive project out of UC Irvine is underway to develop and study a new curriculum to help students better learn science through the arts.

American Ballet Theatre dance school to open in Costa Mesa

American Ballet Theatre is creating a new dance school with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which will house the new dance school for 3-14 year olds.

As arts funding fades, Disney helps schools stage musicals

As theater instruction declines in elementary schools across the country, Disney steps up support of musical theater productions in Orange County.

OC high school teacher mixes arts into government lessons

El Dorado High School teacher Sunshine Cavalluzzi has been honored twice by the Grammy Museum for outstanding use of music as a teaching tool.

SoCal after-school programs to receive White House honors

Two Southern California after-school arts programs will be honored Monday for helping students boost their learning and life skills.

Torlakson keeps his job in tight superintendent race

The race for California school superintendent came down to the wire in the nationally watched contest that pitted "reformists" against labor.

Candidates in close state schools superintendent race

New Field Poll data shows the two candidates are neck-and-neck in the final days of the campaign, both drawing 28 percent support from likely voters.

High schooler teaches social media to LA Unified staffers

In a role reversal, a high school senior takes the lead in teaching Instagram to a group of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers and administrators.

LA Unified school lunches get a test makeover

Fifteen school districts across California launched a pilot program Thursday that seeks to bring the farm-to-table movement to school campuses.

LA Phil celebrates 10-year anniversary of organ

The concert, known as "The Organ: Stops, Keys, Pedals and Pipes," is one of a series of events for all ages going on this year to celebrate the organ's 10th year.

After LA schools resignation, Deasy talks about what may be next

Former L.A. Unified superintendent John Deasy spoke out Friday morning on where he may be headed next, indicating he may consider a run for political office.

Teachers union call for more collaborative superintendent

Following the resignation of Los Angeles Unified's John Deasy, the union representing teachers urged an open process in selecting the next superintendent.

LA schools superintendent John Deasy resigns; Cortines to fill in (updated)

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy is stepping down, the district confirmed Thursday, adding that he will remain on special assignment through Dec. 31.