Mary Plummer

Senior Politics Reporter

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Mary Plummer is a Senior Politics Reporter for KPCC. Prior to that, she was a reporter on KPCC's education team, and an associate producer for the radio station.

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 holds a master's degree with honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, where she won the Richard T. Baker Award for multimedia reporting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in Orange County, California. In 2017, she was a winner of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association’s top award for Best Investigative Reporting. Her work has been published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR, PBS/THIRTEEN and the Yomiuri Shimbun.

Mary grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Stories by Mary Plummer

LA County sexual misconduct cases top $36M in payouts

Sexual misconduct allegations against Los Angeles County employees sometimes took months and even years to resolve, a KPCC/LAist investigation found.

Sexual misconduct at the LA Sheriff's costs millions — outpacing other county departments

Allegations in dozens of recent sexual misconduct cases reviewed by KPCC/LAist connected to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are graphic, disturbing and sometimes bizarre.

134 cases, $36 million: Inside sexual misconduct at America's biggest county government

Extensive public records from the county and local courts reviewed by KPCC/LAist show a giant government enterprise at times falling short of its mission to protect employees from sexual harassment in the workplace.

LA City Councilmember Mitch Englander will step down

The Los Angeles City Council's only Republican is taking an executive job with Oak View Group, a sports and entertainment company.

Newsom, Cox In spirited gubernatorial debate

It’s hard to imagine anyone who is still undecided after Monday’s radio debate between the two candidates for the California governorship.

Recordings banned at SoCal congressional candidate debate

The race to represent the 25th Congressional District, which includes cities like Simi Valley and Palmdale, has taken an odd turn.

Problems found in handling of LA County workplace complaints

A recently released audit found serious problems with the way that Los Angeles County handles sexual harassment and other workplace complaints.

Richelle Huizar to run for L.A. City Council in 2020

The Los Angeles City Council elections are a ways off, but candidates are already lining up to compete in 2020. 

L.A. County to see more non-English voting help in November

A new report out today from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found continuing voting problems for people of color and people with disabilities.

New bracelet program to help locate those with dementia who go missing

People with dementia and autism are often at risk of wandering off. This week, L.A. County started a new program aimed at helping that problem. The key ingredient? A bracelet that can be tracked from the ground and by helicopter.

LA County is giving away bracelets to help you keep tabs on loved ones with dementia or autism

Caregivers know how scary it is to try to find someone who has wandered off in a county that covers 4,000 square miles. A similar program in Glendale has a 100 percent success rate.

Election security under focus following cyberattack on local campaign

Orange County elections officials are ramping up security ever since reports emerged of Russian hacking during the 2016 election. Their efforts come in the midst of news that cyberattacks occurred during Orange County’s primary campaign.

Software problem caused LA County voter roster error

An error left over 118,000 names off of Los Angeles County voter rosters during the statewide June 5 primary election. A new report points to the cause.

Republicans see opportunities in California, hope to seize them

Ahead of the November mid-term elections, attention has been riveted on several key GOP congressional districts in Southern California that the Democrats hope to flip to regain the U.

Newsom and Villaraigosa, once political enemies, make nice

Democrats are consolidating their support behind Gavin Newsom who is running for governor. He and his former rival and fellow Democrat, Antonio Villaraigosa, held a press conference in Los Angeles announcing the former LA mayor's plans to support Newsom's campaign.