Mary Plummer

Senior Politics Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on KPCC's education team, and an associate producer for the radio station.

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

Mary holds a master's degree with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in Orange County, California. In 2017, she was a winner of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association’s top award for Best Investigative Reporting. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun.

Mary grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Stories by Mary Plummer

$9B bond measure pits school needs against fiscal worries

Prop 51, a bond measure that would raise billions for school construction, has developers lined up against opponents who include Gov. Jerry Brown.

Latino civic engagement group to press feds for undisrupted elections

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election will be rigged is raising fears that self-appointed "poll watchers" could harass voters of color.

Human Voter Guide: If your mail-in ballot hasn't arrived...

Don't panic. Vote by mail ballots are being sent out in batches. But if you're worried, the Human Voter Guide has some advice.

In LA supervisor race, a battle between change and experience

Two supervisors candidates, a longtime board insider and a newcomer to county politics, seek to represent District 5, which stretches from Santa Clarita to Covina.

Q&A: Early voting, privacy, poll workers and more

Early voting has started across California. The Human Voter Guide provides answers on how you can cast your ballot early and addresses privacy concerns.

Trump's debate watchers say he's survived political crisis

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's backers gathered in Santa Clarita Sunday to cheer on their candidate. His campaign has been roiled by crude remarks he made in 2005.

Both US Senate candidates come out swinging in debate

U.S. Senate candidates Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez took on each other's record, experience and positions on the issues in their only general election debate Wednesday night.

Human Voter Guide returns with tips on early voting

The Human Voter Guide is back with general election voting deadlines, how to register to vote and beating the crowds at the polls.

Will new election law help or hurt LA County voter turnout?

A new law overhauling voting in future elections could have broad impact across the state, including a sharp reduction in neighborhood polling places.

Voter guides coming to mailbox near you

The Secretary of State has begun mailing out the 224-page general election voter booklet. It'll help you fill out this year's long, complicated ballot.

How California's top-two primary is playing out in US Senate race

Low interest in the U.S. Senate race is raising questions about the impact of California's top-two primary on voter engagement.

Sanchez tops in missed US House votes

A Capitol Hill news organization analyzed the U.S. House votes through the first three weeks of September and found Loretta Sanchez missed the most votes.

California issues played out in presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

How California's issues played out in the presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

Voter guides, US Senate race, and the first presidential debate

What to look out for in your giant voter guide, voters' views on the US Senate race, and a look ahead to the first presidential debate.