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

Bringing some jazz into the classroom

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Check out this list of resources for students and teachers, which includes lesson plans and a few local concerts.

6-minute film showcases arts education project, wins award (video)

A short documentary film follows Virginia students, many of whom are disabled, as they prepare for a stage project with professional musicians.

NRA-commissioned school safety plan unveiled

Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.

More college grads are working minimum wage jobs

A lack of high-skilled jobs in the US could be a long-term problem. The number of college grads working minimum wage jobs is up 70 percent over a decade ago.

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.