Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was reporter on SCPR's education team, and 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

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

Porter Ranch residents cope with turkey and a side of smell

Longtime Porter Ranch resident Ruben Samson said this is a Thanksgiving like no other he can remember. The reason: a methane gas leak.

Survey finds broad support for fixing Calif. teacher shortage

A new Field Poll survey asked registered voters about the growing shortage and the level of their support for solving the problem.

After elections, politicians like Ryu find outreach can be tough

Freshman City Councilmember David Ryu is learning on the job, where care of constituents can be demanding and constant.

Garcetti explains email endorsement mistake

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti expanded Friday on an email gaffe involving his endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

LA mayor's Clinton endorsement sent in error, but still stands

In a major blunder this afternoon from Mayor Garcetti’s office, after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, his office withdrew the endorsement, then said it still stands.

In LA County, off-year voter turnout drops

Across Los Angeles county, the semi-official election results show just 9.08 percent of eligible registered voters cast ballots.

What you need to know about Tuesday's elections

Tuesday's elections feature mayoral races, local ballot measures, openings for school board, city councils and other contests, depending on where you live.

Step-by-step: Explore the future of voting in LA County

Los Angeles County officials are in the midst of developing a new, modern system for voting. Officials plan to fully roll it out in 2020.

Mayorships, council seats among contests on Nov. 3 ballots

Voters to decide on an array of municipal issues and candidates in Tuesday's election.

Here's some of what's at stake in the coming Nov. 3 elections

Presidential campaigns dominate the news, but in Los Angeles County, voters will be deciding on an array of candidates and ballot measures.

Politicon brings out political junkies, journalists and jokesters

The first-ever Politicon in Los Angeles included a competition for political comedians to showcase their material as election season heats up.

A rundown of bills the governor has made law this week

California Governor Jerry Brown has finished signing or vetoing a slew of legislation that's been passed by the state Senate and Assembly. We offer a roundup of key legislation the he's either signed or vetoed in the past week.

LA County's $13M e-voting system gets a preview in Austin

The Los Angeles County registrar presented a sneak peek at its new voting project during South by Southwest Eco.

California Community Foundation to offer $1B in grants

The foundation has announced a major investment in Los Angeles County neighborhood programs, focusing on improvements in such areas as education and housing.

More women serving on city councils in small cities, report finds

Voters have chosen more women for California city councils in recent elections, though their numbers remain low in larger cities like Los Angeles.