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 ABCNews.com.

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

CA may move up primary, shaking up 2020 presidential race

Switching the state's presidential primary from June to March would change the strategy for presidential candidates, but it has unclear implications for voters.

Some voters don't trust Post Office to mail ballots, study says

Research from UC Davis shows large disparities among racial and ethnic groups regarding mail voting and the degree to which they trust the U.S. Postal Service.

13 candidates vying for state Assembly seat Oct. 3

Vote-by-mail ballots are being sent out beginning Tuesday to voters in the 51st State Assembly District in Los Angeles, which includes neighborhoods like Chinatown.

As CA voting overhaul nears, survey finds voters not happy

A new University of California, Davis, study finds a majority of voters surveyed do not support consolidated voting centers in place of neighborhood polling places.

LA responds to mayor's record-breaking fundraising

Some LA residents reacted with anger on learning of the nearly $32 million in contributions raised by Mayor Eric Garcetti for favored causes, some from companies that do business with the city.

'A tricky area of philanthropy': LA mayor solicits millions for his favored causes

Mayor Eric Garcetti has used a little-known mechanism to raise $31.9 million in four years. Public records show some of the contributors do business with the city.

Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress Tuesday

California’s newest congressional member took his oath of office on Tuesday to represent the 34th district, but the lengthy transition has been controversial.

LA's mayor acknowledges challenges as he starts second term

As Eric Garcetti was sworn in, he was interrupted by a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters who held up signs and chanted.

Secretary of State denies again that California had elections breach

The state's top elections official, responding to a Bloomberg News report, says no breach occurred in the 2016 presidential election in California.

Korean American political clout still a work in progress

Robert Ahn's loss in the 34th Congressional District race proved a disappointment to his Korean American supporters but some see it as a step to broader influence.

Congressional district vote nears final count with low turnout

There are still 1,685 ballots to be counted in the 34th Congressional District race but they won't change the election handily won by state Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez.

Gomez wins special congressional election

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez captured the 34th Congressional District seat in a special election. More than 32,970 ballots had been counted as of Tuesday night.

Your guide to today's special election between Ahn, Gomez

Voters will choose between two Democrats today who share similar views on many issues but differ greatly in their backgrounds and experience.

Fundraising in congressional race making race competitive

Voters in the 34th Congressional District in the Los Angeles pick their next U.S. House member Tuesday. If fundraising is any indication, the results may be close.

Vote by mail in 34th congressional runoff may play key role

Many are watching next week's special congressional election in Los Angeles as a window into the future of voting in California as more people mail in their ballots.