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

Arts students leaving USC school, saying program 'dismantled'

Seven students, the entire first-year MFA class at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, contend the terms of their tuition aid and curriculum were changed.

Young musicians can up their performance with parents' help

Performance psychologist Don Greene takes his work with professional athletes and applies it to student musicians. He has some surprising advice for their parents.

LA City College lands $2M for cinema, TV department

Los Angeles City College is set to get a $2 million gift from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the largest donation made by that organization.

One Anaheim school district plans music classes for all

The Anaheim City School District is partnering with the city's mayor this week to announce a goal to offer music instruction to all of its 19,000 students.

New survey provides details on arts ed classes in LA County

A new report out gives a first-time glimpse at how nonprofits and others are providing art classes at schools across Los Angeles County, and there are gaps.

Santa Monica student projects headed to space

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified announced that students' winning patch designs will be sent to the International Space Station. A student experiment is also space-bound.

Mixed news for arts ed in latest creative economy report

Though California arts education generally fared well since the 2007-2008 school year, some measures show declines, a new report shows.

California taxpayers can help support arts education

Taxpayers can opt to contribute $1 or more via the "Keep Arts in Schools Fund" located in the voluntary contribution portion of the state tax return form.

Dancing students set new record and get chance to perform

Los Angeles County students accomplish Guinness World Record for largest ribbon dance while learning how to perform in front of audience.

Thousand Oaks parents flock to lone elementary music teacher

MATES elementary school is home to the only full-time elementary music teacher within the boundaries of the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

The hunt is on for California's new poet laureate

An applicant must be a poet of stature with a significant body of published work, according to the California Arts Council. Friday is the deadline to apply.

CSU summer arts school heads into its 30th year

The intensive two-week program is currently accepting applications. It will mark its anniversary with an alumni event for faculty and students.

LA high schooler wins major art scholarship

A senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts has won a $10,000 scholarship from the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, a prestigious national competition.

New LAUSD arts ed data confirmed board member's 'worst fears'

Los Angeles Unified school board members got their first look Tuesday at new data that measures how well schools are doing in educating students in the arts.

Arts ed least available to LAUSD's poorer schools

Los Angeles Unified School District plans to revamp the way it distributes arts resources, targeting schools with the greatest needs based on measures like poverty.