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

OC arts high school connects students to Hollywood

The Orange County School of the Arts put on its second-ever showcase this year. The event brought the school's top acting students to L.A. to perform for agents.

Report: Arts benefits students, but limited boost to academics

A new report out of Paris took an in-depth analysis of current research on arts education. Learning music can boost students' IQ scores, but no evidence theater and dance help.

Longer school day may be the key to arts education

A new report finds a longer school day can help student academics by way of arts education. Five schools were used as case studies.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

Spotify to partner with school teachers to develop new music apps

At a New York conference, the online music service Spotify will pair hackers with teachers to create innovative music education apps.

PBS releases another Mister Rogers remix

PBS Digital Studios put the cheery and thoughtful song on YouTube. Watch the latest Mister Rogers remix "Sing Together" here.

After 28 years, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts gets its own home

Since 1985, the L.A. County High School for the Arts has shared classroom space at Cal State L.A. Now, the school gets its own dedicated building at a cost of $31 million.

Pasadena Unified wraps up school year, launches summer meal program

Pasadena Unified prepares to serve thousands of free meals to help feed students this summer; you can find out the locations here.

Powerhouse Fire: Evacuations lifted for some communities (Photos)

One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.

Some school districts have been increasing arts classes

The online arts website Classicalite found that arts education in some Los Angeles County school districts has grown -- though numbers are hard to pinpoint.

What's in a name? Big arts donation for Rancho Mirage high

Rancho Mirage High School in the Palm Springs school district received a $1.5 million for the arts. It will name performing arts buildings for its benefactor.

Inglewood Unified in financial trouble again

Inglewood Unified School District is millions of dollars in the hole -- again. Officials said it doesn't have enough money for the upcoming school year.

Stretch of LA River now open for kayaking and fishing

The urban waterway is accessible for recreational use for the first time since the late 1930s. The experiment runs through Labor Day.

LA Zoo gorilla exhibit becomes Donkey Kong Country

To promote the new video game, gorillas eat out of Donkey Kong barrels this weekend while patrons demo Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the zoo.

Arts in schools: Strings, dance steps add up to success at two LA charters

A handful of charter schools in L.A. Unified are using arts not to create the next generation of artists, but to inspire regular students to stay in school.