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

Thousand Oaks parents flock to lone elementary music teacher

MATES elementary school is home to the only full-time elementary music teacher within the boundaries of the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

The hunt is on for California's new poet laureate

An applicant must be a poet of stature with a significant body of published work, according to the California Arts Council. Friday is the deadline to apply.

CSU summer arts school heads into its 30th year

The intensive two-week program is currently accepting applications. It will mark its anniversary with an alumni event for faculty and students.

LA high schooler wins major art scholarship

A senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts has won a $10,000 scholarship from the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, a prestigious national competition.

New LAUSD arts ed data confirmed board member's 'worst fears'

Los Angeles Unified school board members got their first look Tuesday at new data that measures how well schools are doing in educating students in the arts.

Arts ed least available to LAUSD's poorer schools

Los Angeles Unified School District plans to revamp the way it distributes arts resources, targeting schools with the greatest needs based on measures like poverty.

Tools via 3D printers among newest ways to learn math

The MIND Research Institute in Irvine has developed ways to produce tools with 3D printers that students can touch and manipulate to learn math concepts.

LAUSD data shows art students can't always progress

Los Angeles Unified officials are set to unveil a new Arts Equity Index to ensure students have equitable opportunity to learn and get exposed to music and the arts.

USC study finds children benefit from orchestra training

A study at USC is measuring the benefits of musical training, and early findings show that orchestra students outperformed their peers in auditory skill tests.

Pasadena school still missing over 50 instruments

Just two instruments have been located, Pasadena police said Tuesday. The majority of instruments taken from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School remain missing.

Some Pasadena instruments recovered after music room theft

Pasadena school officials are working with police after some instruments were found. District officials were notified late Friday that items had been recovered.

Pasadena students adapt in wake of musical instrument theft

Thieves steal about $15,000 worth of music equipment ahead of two big concerts this week. The school borrowed instruments from other schools to get by.

In hospitals, music and other art can help ease pain

Some hospitals like Children's Hospital Los Angeles use art as a healing tool. Patients receiving art, music or dance therapy have more than tripled since 2010.

Cal Lutheran University plans new art complex

California Lutheran University expects to match a donation of up to $4 million from art collector and real estate developer William Rolland to build the art center.

LAUSD asks community partners to help boost arts ed

Los Angeles Unified renewed its community arts partnership plan Wednesday, part of the district’s attempt to revitalize arts education after years of budget cuts.