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 ABCNews.com.

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

To help students learn, talk with your hands

A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.

PHOTOS: LAUSD cafeteria worker featured in new play

Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.

Obama signs law that reinstates tuition assistance

President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.

Congress saves military Tuition Assistance program

Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.

Iraq War 10 years later: Former Iraqi translator can't go home again

Former Iraqi translator Tariq Abu Khumra fled Baghdad after working for the US military. Ten years after the war began, he makes a new life for himself in California. He doesn't know when he'll see his family again.

TV's impact on kids by the numbers

How much TV are kids watching -- and what's the impact? This graphic breaks it down.

Photos: Mystery ailment afflicts sea lion pups in Orange County

Southern California is seeing an increase in the stranded sea lion pups -- and scientists aren’t sure exactly what's causing it.

Soldiers say goodbye to Army Tuition Assistance

The Army's Tuition Assistance program, which has been around since the late 1940s, was suspended on Friday. The move cuts hundreds of millions in education funding to soldiers.

UPDATE: 2 incumbent LA Unified School Board members keep seats in costly races

After nearly $6 million in spending, Steve Zimmer and Monica Garcia kept their seats, while a third race will be decided by a runoff.

Bakersfield 911 call creates questions on CPR use

A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an 87-year-old died needing CPR.

Wrongful CPR death? Bakersfield 911 call goes international

A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an elderly woman died when staffers at her independent living facility refused to administer CPR last Tuesday.

Study: Teachers not prepared for new standards

A new survey out today finds that teachers have received little training on the Common Core State Standards.

The man with the money in LAUSD's District 6 race

Next week Los Angeles voters will head to the polls to choose school board members in three of the seven LAUSD districts. In the northeast San Fernando Valley, one man's spending power is crushing his opposition.

Charter PAC gets donation from Michelle Rhee

Add former Washington, D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee to the list of out of towners weighing in on the LAUSD school board race--financially speaking.

Update: Funeral services held for Riverside police officer Michael Crain (Photos, Map)

Thousands of people gathered Wednesday morning for the funeral of Riverside police officer Michael Crain. He died last week in an ambush, allegedly by Christopher Dorner.