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

New congressman: Orientation 'like drinking out of a firehose'

Salud Carbajal, replacing the retiring Lois Capps in the 24th Congressional District, says Marine Corps boot camp wasn't as tough as freshman orientation.

More changes ahead for California voters in 2017

New state legislation will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Another law implements same-day registration at county elections offices.

Race to fill Becerra's congressional seat grows more crowded

Eleven candidates so far have thrown their hats into the ring to represent the 34th U.S. Congressional District in Los Angeles, which includes Eagle Rock and Chinatown.

New year brings changes to LA sales tax

A KPCC listener asks: when will Los Angeles County residents see the new sales taxes? The answer: it depends on where you live.

In the race for LA mayor, a crowd of hopefuls but no serious challengers

Wednesday marked the deadline for candidates seeking city elective seats to file paperwork. No high profile challenger to Mayor Eric Garcetti emerged in the filings.

California's millennial voter boom

Vote results won't be certified until mid-December, but the state's newly registered voters show the growing influence of younger and Latino voters.

LA County turnout decreases as vote count wraps up

The county voter turnout rate declined from 2012, going from 71 to 69 percent this year marked by a hotly contested presidential election.

Ballot counting continues in CA — but props appear clear

Officials are still busy counting votes, but results for all 17 statewide ballot measures seem clear.

Local Trump supporters want to 'Make California Great Again'

Following Donald Trump's presidential win, his campaign volunteers turn to how they can carry his banner forward in deep-blue California.

4.1 million ballots left to process in California

Several close races are in the balance while votes remain to be tallied across California, according to Secretary of State figures. About a million of those are in Los Angeles County.

Human Voter Guide: Challenges, but went smoother than primary

Millions of votes from California's general election are still being counted, but this week we answer a few questions about how voting went on Tuesday.

Former LA mayor Villaraigosa announces bid for governor

From 2005 to 2013, Villaraigosa served as mayor of Los Angeles. Before then, he served on the City Council and as speaker of the California Assembly.

California, LA County voter turnouts could trail 2012

Even given hotly contested races and major ballot measures, early turnout numbers for Tuesday are lower than in the previous presidential election.

History made with Harris win in US Senate race

State Attorney General Kamala Harris captured the U.S. Senate seat over Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in a historic win.

Election Day: What you need to know to vote today

After watching a campaign that has exhausted many, California voters will at last cast their votes for president, a host of local races and ballot measures.