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

Students bask in arts nirvana at state summer school

For four weeks, Cal Arts' campus in Valencia becomes a teen artist colony. The competitive program has managed to survive budget cuts for 27 years.

High school students take over Segerstrom Center stage

The students will perform in a Broadway revue-style show Saturday at the center's Samueli Theater, part of a summer enrichment program for struggling teens.

Cortines High steals principal from New York

The principal of New York's famous arts high school LaGuardia is moving West to take over Cortines. She's the fifth principal in as many years.

Kids technology habits may help arts ed in the classroom

A new report from The Wallace Foundation finds that students are increasingly finding arts education opportunities on their own, outside of the classroom.

Pastor Rick Warren returns to Saddleback for sermon (updated)

Sixteen weeks after his son committed suicide, Pastor Rick Warren returned to the stage at Saddleback Church to deliver an emotional, 70-minute sermon.

No arts at your school? There's a law for that

Arts educator Carl Schafer was shocked to find a few lines in the California education code requiring arts to be taught to all California students. Unfortunately it has no teeth.

Shepard Fairey's latest project: publicize arts education

The L.A. Fund launched another series of ads to promote arts education in public schools. Shepard Fairey is the third high-profile artist to participate.

Schoolwork on set: meet studio teacher Linda Stone

In her 36 years working as a studio teacher, Linda Stone has worked with everyone from Miley Cyrus to "Family Matters" star Kellie Williams.

Early lesson plan? LA street art glossary and guides

What's the difference between a tag and a roller? New online guide to street art sorts out graffiti lingo. And local guides lead you to key art. Field trip, anyone?

Website reviews educational apps — with teachers in mind

A new website offers independent reviews of apps. It's aimed at teachers looking to bring digital tools into their classrooms.

Sneak Peek: LA Unified's new arts education plan

To fulfill its promise to make arts education a core subject, L.A. Unified teachers will incorporate the arts into other subjects.

Free art classes get a boost from Laguna Beach auction

A Laguna Beach gallery partners with the non-profit Ryman Arts to help raise money for weekend art classes in Fullerton.

UC Davis wins grant to redesign core STEM courses

Grant supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics will help the university improve core courses for those majors

Tablets in the classroom bring cutting-edge problems, too

A wireless network administrator points says introducing iPads into classrooms can introduce unintended problems, turns teachers into tech support

Short on time? New arts education conference available online

Brush up on teaching tricks from the comfort of your own home. A former art teacher launches a new way to connect with other art teachers.