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

Some Pasadena instruments recovered after music room theft

Pasadena school officials are working with police after some instruments were found. District officials were notified late Friday that items had been recovered.

Pasadena students adapt in wake of musical instrument theft

Thieves steal about $15,000 worth of music equipment ahead of two big concerts this week. The school borrowed instruments from other schools to get by.

In hospitals, music and other art can help ease pain

Some hospitals like Children's Hospital Los Angeles use art as a healing tool. Patients receiving art, music or dance therapy have more than tripled since 2010.

Cal Lutheran University plans new art complex

California Lutheran University expects to match a donation of up to $4 million from art collector and real estate developer William Rolland to build the art center.

LAUSD asks community partners to help boost arts ed

Los Angeles Unified renewed its community arts partnership plan Wednesday, part of the district’s attempt to revitalize arts education after years of budget cuts.

LAUSD directive clears path for Title 1 arts funding

Los Angeles Unified officials have told principals they can tap federal dollars aimed at low-income students to incorporate the arts into teaching academics.

New $1.2M LAUSD grant to merge visual arts, cultural history

The first phase of the grant will be implemented this summer at Loyola Marymount University when teachers will learn to integrate culture into visual arts lessons.

LAUSD school board candidates weigh in on arts education

The advocacy group Arts for LA has published candidate survey responses that give a glimpse into where school board hopefuls stand on arts education issues.

LAUSD's musical instrument woes: 'I don't get used to this'

A year after an administrator said problems at Los Angeles Unified's music repair shop would be eliminated within months, the number of broken instruments is up.

LAUSD District 5 school board candidates face off in debate

In a debate for Los Angeles Unified school board's District 5 race, several sharp differences emerged among the three candidates.

Santa Monica High School students headed to Carnegie Hall

The school will host a benefit concert at Broad Stage Tuesday night to raise travel funds for students to play at Carnegie Hall in April.

Local arts high school sends students to Sundance

Thirteen student filmmakers from Los Angeles visited Park City, Utah, for the closing weekend of the Sundance Film Festival.

California arts education needs major changes, report says

A statewide arts coalition issued a blueprint on arts education Thursday, calling for broad changes in arts instruction across California.

For aspiring artists, a rare chance to work at sea

A unique residency for artists will give two lucky winners the opportunity to spend 23 days at sea aboard a cargo ship to work on an art project.

Children's brains on music: what parents need to know

KPCC's "Music and the Brain" event at the Crawford Family Forum Sunday explored the research on how students' brains respond and benefit from music education.