Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was reporter on SCPR's education team, and 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

The best arts education books of the year

A roundup of arts education books from 2013: parent guides, books with craft suggestions and other titles that will help inspire anyone interested in the field.

6 months later, LA schools' arts plan still has no budget

LAUSD's new arts plan was released to the public in July, with no funding. Now, a school board member is calling for a report on the plan's budget at a school board meeting in January.

SoCal Catholics embrace new era as Pope offers first Christmas wish

The new pontiff was on Catholics minds as they attended mass Christmas morning and parishoners are hoping for more changes from Pope Francis.

Competitive Caroling: Only top students make the cut at Burbank high school

For about 30 years, holiday caroling has been a yearly tradition at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. The performances can earn the school $3,000 to $4,000 per year.

Farmers Insurance unveils new program to thank, fund teachers

Teachers are eligible for up to $2,500 in funding. Actor Jack Black and his former drama teacher launched the national program Monday in West Hollywood.

Join arts students and get into the spirit of the holiday season

Not quite festive yet? Check out our list of student holiday concerts and productions throughout Southern California, many of which support arts education in schools.

Legendary Palisades high English teacher and donor dies

One of the oldest teachers in the nation died Monday. Rose Gilbert spent more than 50 years teaching at Palisades Charter High School. She was 95.

California groups get $4 million in NEA grant funding

The federal arts agency awarded 167 grants to California groups on Wednesday - 11 of them focused on arts education, which got a $392,000 boost.

Anaheim schools to try Kickstarter for musical instruments

City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra.

Students get first glimpse at apartheid with Mandela's death

History teachers tore up lesson plans Friday to teach a special lesson on the South African leader to kids who weren't even born when Mandela was elected president.

LA Unified board member Marguerite LaMotte dies

LaMotte was perhaps the strongest ally for teachers on the school board - and a vocal critic of the superintendent. The cause of death was not immediately known.

LA schools board member Bennett Kayser talks arts education

Kayser, who joined the board in 2011, gives his thoughts on roving arts teachers, arts integration into other subjects and why the arts budget is taking so long.

Joseph Gatto remembered as a gifted teacher

The artist, who was shot to death Nov. 13, will be buried Monday. His daughter said the outpouring of support from former students has been comforting.

In Culver City, the arts start in Kindergarten

Culver City Unified has been refining its arts plan for a decade. Now, the district even offers specialized music instruction to its kindergarteners.

Biden's chief of staff leaves White House for Broad Foundation

Bruce Reed will become president of the Broad Foundation starting in mid-December. He's been on Vice-President Joe Biden's staff since January 2011.