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

Anaheim schools get donation, guitars from music group

A National Association of Music Merchants' foundation contribution recognizes the Anaheim City School District's efforts to revive music instruction in its schools.

3D printers help Pasadena schools up their learning game

A private donation to Pasadena Unified School District opened the way for its schools to use the printers to teach art, math, science and more.

LAUSD tries new George Lopez campaign to raise arts funding

People who donate $10 or more get a chance to win a ride-along with the comedian on the Sunset Strip. Airfare, dinner and hotel stays are also included.

Excitement, doubts as news of Obama's tuition plan spreads

Reaction to Obama’s proposal to make community college free for some students came Friday. Educators await word on its details to gauge its impact on California.

Contest seeks students' creative ideas to solve water issue

State officials are inviting students to design a poster showcasing unique and inventive ways to reduce water consumption in drought-plagued California.

Our top 10 arts education stories for 2014

We take a look back at KPCC's 2014 arts education stories, including stories on student access to arts in Los Angeles and student museum field trips in Long Beach.

LAUSD music teacher 'cared about kids first'

Jonathan Kenion died Dec. 13 at age 52 after suffering a stroke. As a music teacher, he taught thousands of students through his love of music, said his colleagues.

Rose Parade spotlight to shine on Temple City High band

One Rose Parade marching band spends hours preparing for its 30 seconds of fame during the televised New Year's Day event viewed by millions.

New LACHSA principal on the future of the famous art school

Mitzi Lizarraga replaces former principal George Simpson. She joins the school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

How holiday carols can be good for your kids

Christmas songs may drive you mad, but they can help young kids develop their reading and language skills. We've got a list of upcoming sing-alongs for the holidays.

How much do students' brains benefit from music?

A new study from Northwestern University shows actively studying music with an instrument can have significant results in brain functioning.

After years of no arts, Compton school gets a holiday first

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Compton is having its first year with arts classes, made possible by a national program to educate through the arts.

LAUSD board approves $2.5M in arts education spending

Members voted for $2.5 million in arts funding late Tuesday, a move to guarantee arts access at 32 middle schools that currently have little or none at all.

Few LAUSD students take computer programming classes

Although LAUSD says computer programming is a competitive skill for future employment, fewer than 4 percent of students took computer science classes as of May 2013.

Grammys: LA County teacher named finalist for music educator award

Diamond Bar High School's music director is among the finalists for the annual Grammy music educator award that recognizes significant contributions in the field.