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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on KPCC's education team, and an associate producer for the radio station.
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 holds a master's degree with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in Orange County, California. In 2017, she was a winner of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association’s top award for Best Investigative Reporting. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun.
Mary grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.
Stories by Mary Plummer
Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.
A lack of high-skilled jobs in the US could be a long-term problem. The number of college grads working minimum wage jobs is up 70 percent over a decade ago.
A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.
Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
President Barack Obama has signed the spending bill that reinstates the military's tuition assistance program into law, but troops remain without the benefit.
Earlier this month, the military suspended its decades-old tuition assistance due to sequestration. Today, Congress voted to restore the program.
Former Iraqi translator Tariq Abu Khumra fled Baghdad after working for the US military. Ten years after the war began, he makes a new life for himself in California. He doesn't know when he'll see his family again.
How much TV are kids watching -- and what's the impact? This graphic breaks it down.
Southern California is seeing an increase in the stranded sea lion pups -- and scientists aren’t sure exactly what's causing it.
The Army's Tuition Assistance program, which has been around since the late 1940s, was suspended on Friday. The move cuts hundreds of millions in education funding to soldiers.
After nearly $6 million in spending, Steve Zimmer and Monica Garcia kept their seats, while a third race will be decided by a runoff.
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an 87-year-old died needing CPR.
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an elderly woman died when staffers at her independent living facility refused to administer CPR last Tuesday.
A new survey out today finds that teachers have received little training on the Common Core State Standards.
Next week Los Angeles voters will head to the polls to choose school board members in three of the seven LAUSD districts. In the northeast San Fernando Valley, one man's spending power is crushing his opposition.