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

After two decades, arts standards for schools revamped

The new national arts standards for schools are the first revamp since 1994. They encourage sequential arts instruction, building on concepts year on year.

San Gabriel Valley school brings back old art form — clay

As many Southern California public schools invest in new digital devices, some teachers find getting their hands dirty may be just what students need.

School board members want answers on district's arts plan

At a public meeting, frustrated L.A. Unified school board members again called for details on how arts resources are being allocated.

Isla Vista Massacre: Chaplain struggles to help community wade through grief

Father Jon Hedges has been on hand for tragedies in New Orleans, New York and Missouri, but last week's incident in Santa Barbara hit close to home.

Isla Vista shootings: 7 dead in shootings near UC Santa Barbara

Sheriff Bill Brown identified the gunman who went on a shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara as 22-year-old Elliot Rodger.

LA schools' incoming arts leader met with excitement, questions

Well-regarded D.C. arts educator Rory Pullens will lead Los Angeles Unified's arts efforts. Some complain the hire was a surprise — the job was never posted.

On third try, LA schools swipe DC arts educator

Well-known arts educator Rory Pullens is leaving Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. to lead L.A. Unified's arts education program.

Struggling Inglewood, Compton schools to get help via arts

A project from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that seeks to improve failing schools through arts education is coming to California. Watch a live stream as First Lady Michelle Obama makes the announcement.

Advocates kick up lobbying efforts for new education dollars

As a June 30 deadline looms for school districts to finalize budget plans, early education, arts and other advocates are pushing for a piece of new state funding.

2 SoCal students land top national arts honor

California had six winners total from across the state — two Southern California high school seniors were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

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.