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

Charities debate Sterling gifts: To keep or not to keep?

Five organizations and two high schools told KPCC they won't return Sterling donations. But will they accept future support if he offers it?

Arts in Corrections to return to California prisons

After a KPCC report, the state prison arts program will return as soon as June with $1 million in funding from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

LAUSD plan reduces arts exposure to reach more students

The new plan would provide third-through-fifth graders with access to visual arts, choral, dance and theater for nine weeks each.

Clippers fans want Sterling out, NBA has 3 options

The easiest would be a hefty fine against Sterling. A bolder move would be expulsion, expert says. But first the NBA has to make sure alleged racial statements on tape are real.

Cleanup event grows along with LA River's popularity

As more Angelinos bike and even kayak the Los Angeles River, more are also volunteering to clean up the waterway. Saturday was the first of three weekend events.

Outside funding brings 600 new instruments to LA schools

The L.A. Unified School District received more than $30,000 in donated instruments, curriculum materials and teacher training on Wednesday.

Cuts to LA elementary schools' orchestra program reversed

In a reversal of February proposal, Los Angeles Unified School District officials confirm orchestra instruction will return next year as a year-long program.

Two So Cal charter schools land crucial NEA funding

More than 130 grants were awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts this week - including $5 million for California groups.

How arts education can teach students tough concepts

Educator Matt Levinson offers arts education tips to help students learn new information. Among his suggestions: Have students write a song.

La Puente high school marching band gets a Macy's surprise

Students from Nogales High School were selected from 175 applicants around the country to perform in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

LAUSD school finds a way to cope without orchestra teacher

Wilshire Crest was among 20 schools that lost a day of arts instruction in December - leaving it without arts access. Parents have brought some arts access back.

Surviving and thriving with the Rainbow Loom craze

To help you navigate the ever-evolving world of looming, we rounded up local resources and turned to some of the top YouTube stars to provide a list of tips.

Artists better educated and gaining ground on unemployment

An new analysis of census data finds artists enjoy a higher level of education than the general US population. 65 percent had at least a bachelor's degree.

Pasadena power outage leaves city in the dark

A "pretty large" power outage left city streets and homes in the dark in Pasadena Monday night.

Juvenile Court teens face off in an academic competition

The Los Angeles County Office of Education sponsored its 12th annual Academic Bowl for juvenile court school students at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.