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

New research projects increases in LA's Latino, Asian voters

A University of California, Davis, researcher anticipates a surge in Latino eligible voters in the Los Angeles area, with an increase of more than 5 million in the next few decades.

3 years later, results of LAUSD's arts experiment are mixed

A recent survey of Los Angeles Unified principals fueled a redistribution of resources for art instruction to schools with more need, but the effort raised problems.

California Republican convention begins, party platform to be decided

California's Republicans convene in Anaheim following a contentious GOP presidential candidate debate and facing what could be an equally spirited skirmish over immigration.

Donald Trump's SoCal appearance triggers protest, support

Trump is speaking Tuesday night as guest of a veterans group on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, where protesters and supporters are scheduled to greet him.

Tribute set Monday for LA playwright Lynn Manning

Manning died earlier this month of liver cancer at age 60. The event at the Los Angeles Theatre Center begins at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Arts instruction makes major comeback in Chula Vista schools

An elementary school district south of San Diego hired about 65 new art teachers for this school year. Three music teacher spots still remain open.

Back-to-school costs especially hard for arts teachers

One music teacher spent about $500 to get ready for today's first day back at Los Angeles Unified.

Public release of Common Core test scores pushed to September

The public will find out how California public school students fared in the new online exams aligned to the Common Core later than first anticipated.

Interest in opera flourishes in kids' SoCal summer camp

You wouldn't think opera would be on a kid's to-do list this summer, but for 55 aspiring singers, it's an out-of-body experience.

Teachers object as LAUSD expands arts instruction plan

To spread its resources, Los Angeles Unified plans to limit arts instruction in some schools to nine weeks each for subjects like music.

How LAUSD is keeping its best new teachers

LAUSD hired more than 900 teachers last year. Out of that group, they awarded 23 teachers, calling them "Rookies of the Year."

State schools plan adds urgency to addressing teacher shortage

California public schools superintendent Tom Torlakson released a blueprint on improving learning that sets his agenda for his current term.

UC revises sexual assault prevention requirements

The University of California on Thursday announced a revamping of its sexual assault and sexual violence prevention program.

One man's mission to get a California arts law enforced

In California, there’s a little-known law that requires arts instruction in schools. Most districts ignore it. One former principal is on a mission to change that.

5 questions with LAUSD's new school board president

LAUSD's newly elected school board president, Steve Zimmer, sat down with KPCC's Mary Plummer to talk about the superintendent search, the trouble-plagued student data system and problems with the district's food services division.