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

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.

KPCC survey: Arts instruction limited in SoCal schools

While state law requires school districts to give students access to music, dance, theater and visual arts instruction, a KPCC survey found that few can afford it.

LA Fund to help teachers find, get grants

Grants HQ aims to help L.A. Unified teachers beef up limited government funding by securing outside grants for new projects.

Art in the Park: Student showcase headed to downtown LA

More than 2,000 students are expected to attend LAUSD's Arts Fest event in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. Some teachers say they'd prefer art shows at school sites.

Inside the audition: Elite dancers compete for summer training

About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.

Oscars 2014: Local high school students got 'Happy' with Pharrell

A group of 19 students from the Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed the hit song "on stage at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday: "It was a dream."

Teachers call LA schools' orchestra changes 'a travesty'

Arts teachers cry foul over officials' plan cut elementary kids' musical instrument lessons from a full year to just one semester to squeeze in more schools.

LA schools to expand 'arts integration' teachers

A Los Angeles Unified administrator unveiled an arts education budget for the district that will boost funding by $15.7 million by the '16/'17 school year.

Weigh in: National arts education standards almost final

New proposed national arts teaching standards are open for public review. The draft is expected to be finalized and unveiled for a first look in San Diego in March.