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

LA, California races for 2017 and 2018 already underway

In 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti will be defending his seat against multiple challengers. Five so far have declared their intentions to try and unseat him.

Demographics changing, but challenges familiar in Watts

Decades after the 1965 riots, Watts remains a place dealing with poverty, unemployment and crime — and where voting is simply not a part of many lives.

State's new DMV voter registration law won't raise turnout rates anytime soon

One possible consequence of the new law could be lower voter turnout rates, at least initially, as more people join the state’s voter rolls but don’t necessarily show up to vote.

Poll: Should Governor Brown push for a 5th term?

Gov. Brown said in his State of the State address that he could stick around past his term limits — if he funded a ballot initiative to make it happen. He framed it as a joke, but was it?

Malibu City Council gets earful after chain store decision

Voters in Malibu who had thought they’d successfully blocked a large retail project before a court intervened got their first chance to air the issue before City Council Monday night.

Supporters seeking signatures for 70-plus state ballot measures

Backers of dozens of initiatives are trying to qualify them for the November ballot. One political analyst says the interest is the highest he's seen in 20 years.

2016 brings changes to California voting laws

California passed more election reforms than any other state in the country in 2015, according to one expert, and more proposals are in the works.

Citizens United: California court OKs advisory vote on campaign funding

The California Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a non-binding state ballot measure asking voters for their opinions on corporate donations in political campaigns.

Obama bound for Rancho Mirage summit in early 2016

President Obama will host a summit of Southeast Asian leaders at the famous Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, according to a National Security Council spokesman.

California rolls out new advisory committee for elections

The Secretary of State's office is accepting applications for volunteers to help advise it on improving voting for non-English speakers.

End in sight for California's voter roll consolidation

The combined database known as VoteCal is expected to be fully implemented by June, creating a centralized voter roll that links together the states' 58 counties.

Lessons learned for next time after LAUSD's closure of schools

Better communication and areas for students awaiting pickups are among the needs that emerged when Los Angeles schools coped with a threat of violence.

Can technology engage millennials uninterested in politics?

With less than a year before the 2016 presidential election, attention turns to attracting young people to voting

Back at work in San Bernardino where the mood is solemn

At the San Bernardino County elections office, employees try to refocus, but thoughts of a former co-worker lost in the mass shooting makes it hard.

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.