Mary Plummer Senior Politics Reporter

Mary Plummer
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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

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

LA County Supervisors vote to end solitary confinement for juveniles

"It’s like they lock up a little puppy, and it comes out a pitbull," said one man who faced solitary confinement as a teen. County supervisors voted to ban the practice.

Will young voters' discontent translate at the polls?

As young voters in California sign up to vote in large numbers and join campaigns of political outsiders, their clout could be substantial, but only if they show up.

Young people sign up to vote in droves — but will they cast ballots?

In L.A. County, a whopping 63 percent of all new registered voters since January have been 18 to 29 years old. But whether registration will become participation is another matter.

Before the primary, CA voters rush to switch parties

In the first three months of 2016, more than 23,000 people in L.A. County have become Democrats and another 18,000 switched to "no party preference."

30 billion reasons the county supervisors race matters

A look inside the race for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which oversees critical services like foster care, child protection and county jails.

Results for top LA County municipal elections

Voters cast ballots Tuesday across L.A. County, from Arcadia to Culver City. We've rounded up the latest results, and where you can get more information.

Culver City's cute, chirpy mascot wants your vote

The character is an owl-like bird with gray stomach feathers and a pointy beak that the city has created to help encourage its 40,000 residents to vote.

A surge in the youth vote will probably help Democrats

All those 17 to 25-year-olds have the potential to rock this presidential election — especially in one state and for one party.

California delegates prefer Bernie Sanders

Among the 4,600 applications for 317 "district-level" delegate spots, Bernie Sanders currently has more supporters than Hillary Clinton.

Villaraigosa's 'made a decision' on running for governor — but he won't say what it is

The former Los Angeles mayor is coming off a 38-day tour of the state, one that's beneficial if running for governor, though he's not revealing if he will.

California's Asian American voters are moving to the left

A poll commissioned by a civil rights group suggests that California's Asian Americans, while conservative on some issues, are becoming more liberal on others.

Why Latinas could be the secret weapon in California's primary

As get-out-the-vote efforts ramp up ahead of California's primary election, one group could prove extremely persuasive.

Fighting to make minimum wage minimal on Nov. ballot

Now that a ballot measure to raise California's minimum wage to $15 is eligible for the statewide ballot, business leaders are looking to the Legislature to intervene.

Why California could matter in the GOP primary

California could become the defining state battleground primary for the GOP presidential nomination. Here are five things to know about the June 7 election.

Embattled former LA city councilman tries for Congress

Richard Alarcon is running in the 29th congressional district, where Tony Cardenas is facing questions about whether campaign work was done by staff on federal time.