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

Students selected for regional monologue competition

Twelve high school students will perform during the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition held in downtown Los Angeles in March.

Teachers: What are the best field trips in SoCal?

The online news site Education Week Teacher offers a mapping tool that lets teachers list their favorite field trip locations. What are yours?

Annette Bening to become face of arts ed in California

Bening will help promote the new "keep arts in schools fund, which raises money for arts education through public donations on state tax returns.

Mid-year music cuts hurt students at LA's Wilshire Crest

L.A. Unified transferred arts teachers to different schools mid-year due to student enrollment changes. Forty schools gained access, 20 lost teachers.

Arts group calls for details on new arts plan for LA schools

Arts for LA asks superintendent to provide a budget for the arts plan - the broad strokes of which were released last year, without financial details.

State geologists release map of Hollywood Fault (Update)

It's unclear whether the city will use the map to require further seismic testing for controversial Millennium Hollywood project.

Learning music may help our brains as we age

A new article in National Geographic examines how music instruction affects us as we age. The findings? It may protect against memory loss.

Long Beach elementary parents pay for extra music education

The PTA gives $20,000 to provide additional music instruction for kids at Longfellow Elementary School . The money was raised in a jog-a-thon.

Effort emerging to bring arts back to California prisons

California state senator Ted Lieu is among a group of lawmakers and arts advocates hoping to resurrect arts education programming at California prisons.

Harvard president and Wynton Marsalis advocate for arts education

In an opinion piece for USA Today, Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis called for an increase of arts education. They cited statistics showing that arts ed has declined.

UC System's ban on smoking and e-cigarettes begins

Former University of California President Mark Yudof first announced the move to ban smoking in January 2012. It goes into effect on Wednesday.

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.