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

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

Villaraigosa's 'made a decision' on running for governor — but he won't say what it is

The former Los Angeles mayor is coming off a 38-day tour of the state, one that's beneficial if running for governor, though he's not revealing if he will.

California's Asian American voters are moving to the left

A poll commissioned by a civil rights group suggests that California's Asian Americans, while conservative on some issues, are becoming more liberal on others.

Why Latinas could be the secret weapon in California's primary

As get-out-the-vote efforts ramp up ahead of California's primary election, one group could prove extremely persuasive.

Fighting to make minimum wage minimal on Nov. ballot

Now that a ballot measure to raise California's minimum wage to $15 is eligible for the statewide ballot, business leaders are looking to the Legislature to intervene.

Why California could matter in the GOP primary

California could become the defining state battleground primary for the GOP presidential nomination. Here are five things to know about the June 7 election.

Embattled former LA city councilman tries for Congress

Richard Alarcon is running in the 29th congressional district, where Tony Cardenas is facing questions about whether campaign work was done by staff on federal time.

Can underdog US Senate candidate Sanchez turn out the vote?

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is running behind front-runner Kamala Harris and needs a big turnout to win, analysts said. Can she pull it off?

Nancy Reagan's legacy as California first lady

Before Nancy and Ronald Reagan stepped on a national stage, she was the state's first lady and left her own mark.

Not everyone wins with online voting

As people look for ways to engage young voters, one idea is to move to online voting in Los Angeles. But experts differ about its impact.

Santa Clarita gets a little less red, a little more blue

Santa Clarita is one of only about 15 cities in Los Angeles County with more registered Republicans than Democrats, but a shift is underway.

Should politicians wear their donors' logos on their sleeves?

If the California is Not for Sale initiative makes it to the ballot, lawmakers might end up looking like NASCAR drivers, with the logos of their top funders plastered on their jackets.

Carson city clerk subject of recall election

Voters in the city of Carson will decide next week on the fate of their embattled city clerk, who faces a recall in a special election.

College students' interest in politics rises to record level, survey finds

Study findings show that 40 percent of incoming freshmen say they want to become community leaders, while 60 percent of them are very likely to vote.

Fuentes' plan to leave LA City Council opens candidate gates

7th District councilman's decision not to run for reelection next year creates a rare open seat on the that many are hoping to fill.

What's your issue? Economy, environment, health care and more

We've been asking, and you've been telling us, what your major issue is in this election. Here's a check-in on what you've been telling us.