Mary Plummer

Senior Politics Reporter

Contact Mary Plummer

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

Can underdog US Senate candidate Sanchez turn out the vote?

U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez is running behind front-runner Kamala Harris and needs a big turnout to win, analysts said. Can she pull it off?

Nancy Reagan's legacy as California first lady

Before Nancy and Ronald Reagan stepped on a national stage, she was the state's first lady and left her own mark.

Not everyone wins with online voting

As people look for ways to engage young voters, one idea is to move to online voting in Los Angeles. But experts differ about its impact.

Santa Clarita gets a little less red, a little more blue

Santa Clarita is one of only about 15 cities in Los Angeles County with more registered Republicans than Democrats, but a shift is underway.

Should politicians wear their donors' logos on their sleeves?

If the California is Not for Sale initiative makes it to the ballot, lawmakers might end up looking like NASCAR drivers, with the logos of their top funders plastered on their jackets.

Carson city clerk subject of recall election

Voters in the city of Carson will decide next week on the fate of their embattled city clerk, who faces a recall in a special election.

College students' interest in politics rises to record level, survey finds

Study findings show that 40 percent of incoming freshmen say they want to become community leaders, while 60 percent of them are very likely to vote.

Fuentes' plan to leave LA City Council opens candidate gates

7th District councilman's decision not to run for reelection next year creates a rare open seat on the that many are hoping to fill.

What's your issue? Economy, environment, health care and more

We've been asking, and you've been telling us, what your major issue is in this election. Here's a check-in on what you've been telling us.

Records of ex-councilman recovered by his successor

Some 35 file boxes from former Councilman Tom LaBonge's office were recovered before they were shredded. The documents included land use and campaign finance records.

Fundraising separating candidates for LA supervisors seats

Incumbent Mark Ridley-Thomas is running unopposed. District 4 and 5 are up for grabs since longtime Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe are termed out.

LA, California races for 2017 and 2018 already underway

In 2017, Mayor Eric Garcetti will be defending his seat against multiple challengers. Five so far have declared their intentions to try and unseat him.

Demographics changing, but challenges familiar in Watts

Decades after the 1965 riots, Watts remains a place dealing with poverty, unemployment and crime — and where voting is simply not a part of many lives.

State's new DMV voter registration law won't raise turnout rates anytime soon

One possible consequence of the new law could be lower voter turnout rates, at least initially, as more people join the state’s voter rolls but don’t necessarily show up to vote.

Poll: Should Governor Brown push for a 5th term?

Gov. Brown said in his State of the State address that he could stick around past his term limits — if he funded a ballot initiative to make it happen. He framed it as a joke, but was it?