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

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

In the race for LA mayor, a crowd of hopefuls but no serious challengers

Wednesday marked the deadline for candidates seeking city elective seats to file paperwork. No high profile challenger to Mayor Eric Garcetti emerged in the filings.

California's millennial voter boom

Vote results won't be certified until mid-December, but the state's newly registered voters show the growing influence of younger and Latino voters.

LA County turnout decreases as vote count wraps up

The county voter turnout rate declined from 2012, going from 71 to 69 percent this year marked by a hotly contested presidential election.

Ballot counting continues in CA — but props appear clear

Officials are still busy counting votes, but results for all 17 statewide ballot measures seem clear.

Local Trump supporters want to 'Make California Great Again'

Following Donald Trump's presidential win, his campaign volunteers turn to how they can carry his banner forward in deep-blue California.

4.1 million ballots left to process in California

Several close races are in the balance while votes remain to be tallied across California, according to Secretary of State figures. About a million of those are in Los Angeles County.

Human Voter Guide: Challenges, but went smoother than primary

Millions of votes from California's general election are still being counted, but this week we answer a few questions about how voting went on Tuesday.

Former LA mayor Villaraigosa announces bid for governor

From 2005 to 2013, Villaraigosa served as mayor of Los Angeles. Before then, he served on the City Council and as speaker of the California Assembly.

California, LA County voter turnouts could trail 2012

Even given hotly contested races and major ballot measures, early turnout numbers for Tuesday are lower than in the previous presidential election.

History made with Harris win in US Senate race

State Attorney General Kamala Harris captured the U.S. Senate seat over Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in a historic win.

Election Day: What you need to know to vote today

After watching a campaign that has exhausted many, California voters will at last cast their votes for president, a host of local races and ballot measures.

Answers to your last-minute questions on Election Day voting

It's down to the wire and our Human Voter Guide is handling your questions about voting in the general election Tuesday.

Homeless funding may ride on who wins LA County supervisors race

Whoever wins the two seats on the power LA County Board of Supervisors could provide critical vote on funding a homelessness fix.

Dems aim to unseat GOP in north LA County congressional race

Incumbent GOP Congressman Steve Knight is attempting to fend off a challenge by Democrat Bryan Caforio. Knight's Achilles heel may be Donald Trump.

Human Voter Guide: Vote by mail ballot deadline and more

Tuesday is the deadline for people in California to request a vote by mail ballot for the general election. Plus, tips to get you ready for election day.