Mary Plummer Education Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a reporter on SCPR's education team, covering arts education. Before joining the beat she was 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

Powerhouse Fire: Evacuations lifted for some communities (Photos)

One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.

Some school districts have been increasing arts classes

The online arts website Classicalite found that arts education in some Los Angeles County school districts has grown -- though numbers are hard to pinpoint.

What's in a name? Big arts donation for Rancho Mirage high

Rancho Mirage High School in the Palm Springs school district received a $1.5 million for the arts. It will name performing arts buildings for its benefactor.

Inglewood Unified in financial trouble again

Inglewood Unified School District is millions of dollars in the hole -- again. Officials said it doesn't have enough money for the upcoming school year.

Stretch of LA River now open for kayaking and fishing

The urban waterway is accessible for recreational use for the first time since the late 1930s. The experiment runs through Labor Day.

LA Zoo gorilla exhibit becomes Donkey Kong Country

To promote the new video game, gorillas eat out of Donkey Kong barrels this weekend while patrons demo Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the zoo.

Arts in schools: Strings, dance steps add up to success at two LA charters

A handful of charter schools in L.A. Unified are using arts not to create the next generation of artists, but to inspire regular students to stay in school.

Arts Ed UK style - a look at the movement abroad

Lawmakers in England are pushing to include the arts as a sixth pillar of the English Baccalaureate, a performance measure for high schoolers.

High school musical theater students take over Pantages

The top L.A.-area high school musical students competed at the Jerry Herman Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday. Winners will compete in New York.

Teaching tips: How to make the last 2 weeks of school memorable

For many, the end of the school year is just a few weeks away. This compilation of teaching tips will help you get the most out of the last few weeks.

Kids compete for art funding for their schools

L.A. Unified students to compete in elephant artwork contest for a chance to win money for their schools' art departments.

New school to be named after Mexican artist

L.A. Unified's Board of Education approved naming a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The decision flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about it.

Famed art program doesn't save school from cuts

Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year. But the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.

Bjork to bring her children's art program to LA

Singer Bjork will bring her kids art program to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event will be free and open to the public.

For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up

A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.