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 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

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

LAUSD District 5 school board candidates face off in debate

In a debate for Los Angeles Unified school board's District 5 race, several sharp differences emerged among the three candidates.

Santa Monica High School students headed to Carnegie Hall

The school will host a benefit concert at Broad Stage Tuesday night to raise travel funds for students to play at Carnegie Hall in April.

Local arts high school sends students to Sundance

Thirteen student filmmakers from Los Angeles visited Park City, Utah, for the closing weekend of the Sundance Film Festival.

California arts education needs major changes, report says

A statewide arts coalition issued a blueprint on arts education Thursday, calling for broad changes in arts instruction across California.

For aspiring artists, a rare chance to work at sea

A unique residency for artists will give two lucky winners the opportunity to spend 23 days at sea aboard a cargo ship to work on an art project.

Children's brains on music: what parents need to know

KPCC's "Music and the Brain" event at the Crawford Family Forum Sunday explored the research on how students' brains respond and benefit from music education.

Getty Museum offers new arts ed teaching tools

The Getty Museum has produced a new video series aimed at helping educators integrate the arts into new teaching standards known as the Common Core.

Anaheim schools get donation, guitars from music group

A National Association of Music Merchants' foundation contribution recognizes the Anaheim City School District's efforts to revive music instruction in its schools.

3D printers help Pasadena schools up their learning game

A private donation to Pasadena Unified School District opened the way for its schools to use the printers to teach art, math, science and more.

LAUSD tries new George Lopez campaign to raise arts funding

People who donate $10 or more get a chance to win a ride-along with the comedian on the Sunset Strip. Airfare, dinner and hotel stays are also included.

Excitement, doubts as news of Obama's tuition plan spreads

Reaction to Obama’s proposal to make community college free for some students came Friday. Educators await word on its details to gauge its impact on California.

Contest seeks students' creative ideas to solve water issue

State officials are inviting students to design a poster showcasing unique and inventive ways to reduce water consumption in drought-plagued California.

Our top 10 arts education stories for 2014

We take a look back at KPCC's 2014 arts education stories, including stories on student access to arts in Los Angeles and student museum field trips in Long Beach.

LAUSD music teacher 'cared about kids first'

Jonathan Kenion died Dec. 13 at age 52 after suffering a stroke. As a music teacher, he taught thousands of students through his love of music, said his colleagues.

Rose Parade spotlight to shine on Temple City High band

One Rose Parade marching band spends hours preparing for its 30 seconds of fame during the televised New Year's Day event viewed by millions.