Mary Plummer Education Reporter
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
El Camino Real Charter High wins Academic Decathlon's Super Quiz. The focus of this year's competition is World War I
LA Sheriff Department Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers launched his campaign for LA County Sheriff with about 100 supporters at the Carson Community Center Saturday.
The executive director of the Orange County Symphony for years lobbied the Anaheim school district to create a music program. Now 1,300 kids are enrolled in an orchestra program.
The L.A. Unified School District's music repair shop will expand from eight repair technicians to 12 — and outsourcing has already sped up repair times.
Twelve high school students will perform during the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition held in downtown Los Angeles in March.
The online news site Education Week Teacher offers a mapping tool that lets teachers list their favorite field trip locations. What are yours?
Bening will help promote the new "keep arts in schools fund, which raises money for arts education through public donations on state tax returns.
L.A. Unified transferred arts teachers to different schools mid-year due to student enrollment changes. Forty schools gained access, 20 lost teachers.
Arts for LA asks superintendent to provide a budget for the arts plan - the broad strokes of which were released last year, without financial details.
It's unclear whether the city will use the map to require further seismic testing for controversial Millennium Hollywood project.
A new article in National Geographic examines how music instruction affects us as we age. The findings? It may protect against memory loss.
The PTA gives $20,000 to provide additional music instruction for kids at Longfellow Elementary School . The money was raised in a jog-a-thon.
California state senator Ted Lieu is among a group of lawmakers and arts advocates hoping to resurrect arts education programming at California prisons.
In an opinion piece for USA Today, Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis called for an increase of arts education. They cited statistics showing that arts ed has declined.
Former University of California President Mark Yudof first announced the move to ban smoking in January 2012. It goes into effect on Wednesday.