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

UC San Diego and UC Riverside get top spots on college list

Washington Monthly released its latest list of the top "socially conscious" colleges. Two California public universities landed the one and two spots.

Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra holding auditions

The Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra will hold auditions in Sierra Madre on Saturday. Bruce Kiesling is the orchestras new music director.

Where's your next class? Check your iPhone

Students at the Orange County School of the Arts and their parents can check schedules - and grades - on exclusive app designed by a set of parents.

Youth orchestra brings classical music to Boyle Heights

The Boyle Heights Community Youth Orchestra launched last summer to help teach 6 to12 year olds music. Most don't get it at school.

LA Unified moving forward with new arts plan

L.A. Unified's school board is expected to hear public comment Tuesday on it's newly released plan to increase arts instruction for students.

New No Kill LA animal shelter opens in West LA

The new facility hopes to save 1,000 additional pets per year. Last year the NKLA Coalition helped with more than 23,000 adoptions.

Pasadena hosts its first-ever CERT training

Residents participated in a five-day emergency response program. After completing the 24-hour long course, they're eligible to assist the city in emergencies.

Podcast offers digital teaching ideas for the arts

A group of arts teachers from Illinois offer tips and tricks for how to use technology to improve arts projects in the classroom.

Students bask in arts nirvana at state summer school

For four weeks, Cal Arts' campus in Valencia becomes a teen artist colony. The competitive program has managed to survive budget cuts for 27 years.

High school students take over Segerstrom Center stage

The students will perform in a Broadway revue-style show Saturday at the center's Samueli Theater, part of a summer enrichment program for struggling teens.

Cortines High steals principal from New York

The principal of New York's famous arts high school LaGuardia is moving West to take over Cortines. She's the fifth principal in as many years.

Kids technology habits may help arts ed in the classroom

A new report from The Wallace Foundation finds that students are increasingly finding arts education opportunities on their own, outside of the classroom.

Pastor Rick Warren returns to Saddleback for sermon (updated)

Sixteen weeks after his son committed suicide, Pastor Rick Warren returned to the stage at Saddleback Church to deliver an emotional, 70-minute sermon.

No arts at your school? There's a law for that

Arts educator Carl Schafer was shocked to find a few lines in the California education code requiring arts to be taught to all California students. Unfortunately it has no teeth.

Shepard Fairey's latest project: publicize arts education

The L.A. Fund launched another series of ads to promote arts education in public schools. Shepard Fairey is the third high-profile artist to participate.