Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter
Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on SCPR's education team, and an associate producer for Take Two and The Madeleine Brand Show.
Mary 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.
Mary 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. 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
State officials are inviting students to design a poster showcasing unique and inventive ways to reduce water consumption in drought-plagued California.
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.
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.
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.
Mitzi Lizarraga replaces former principal George Simpson. She joins the school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.
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.
A new study from Northwestern University shows actively studying music with an instrument can have significant results in brain functioning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are attracting a younger crowd, one drawn not only to the valley's popular music festival but to its growing arts scene.
Across the country, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded 1,116 grants for a total of $29.1 million in funding to support the arts.
Organizers of the campaign, known as "Give Music," expect to distribute about 350 instruments to aspiring musicians age 10 to 22.
As students dive into their books to study for finals, it's time to ask: will classical music in the background help you ace that test?