Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

Mary Plummer
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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.

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

Mary 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. 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

Will new election law help or hurt LA County voter turnout?

A new law overhauling voting in future elections could have broad impact across the state, including a sharp reduction in neighborhood polling places.

Voter guides coming to mailbox near you

The Secretary of State has begun mailing out the 224-page general election voter booklet. It'll help you fill out this year's long, complicated ballot.

How California's top-two primary is playing out in US Senate race

Low interest in the U.S. Senate race is raising questions about the impact of California's top-two primary on voter engagement.

Sanchez tops in missed US House votes

A Capitol Hill news organization analyzed the U.S. House votes through the first three weeks of September and found Loretta Sanchez missed the most votes.

California issues played out in presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

How California's issues played out in the presidential debate

The two presidential candidates debated a host of issues, with Republican Donald Trump naming LAX among "Third World" airports.

Voter guides, US Senate race, and the first presidential debate

What to look out for in your giant voter guide, voters' views on the US Senate race, and a look ahead to the first presidential debate.

LA Council president appoints himself to oversee district 7

In an unusual move, Herb Wesson announced Thursday that he would oversee the newly vacant council seat for the San Fernando Valley until an election can be held.

Judge orders Trump reference removed in LA County supervisor race

Democratic candidate Darrell Park had tried to insert a statement in voters' election pamphlet that implied his opponent, Republican Kathryn Barger, supported the GOP presidential nominee's "extreme agenda."

Why a quiet Senate race has left many voters undecided

A new poll finds 25 percent of voters are still unsure who they'll choose in California's U.S. Senate race. Some say they don't know much about it.

LA, Orange counties seeking thousands of poll workers

Election officials have recruited some workers for the general election, but many more are needed for what's expected to be a busy day.

Santa Monica's sales tax could top charts if voters approve

Think your sales taxes are high enough? City and county officials across Southern California are proposing increases in November's election.

CA voters could see record number of school bond measures

In LA County alone an early list shows 28 school bond measures, nearly half of all local measures, are set to come before voters.

District's future uncertain as LA councilman set to leave

Constituents are wondering what's next after hearing word that L.A. City Council member Felipe Fuentes will soon leave his seat to become a lobbyist.

Erskine Fire victims must decide: Stay or relocate?

The Bakersfield-area blaze consumed 48,000 acres, including more than 250 homes. Two people died. Now the path to recovery for many is unclear.