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

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.

Trump supporters plan to monitor polls in SoCal

Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" election is prompting his supporters to plan to monitor polls on election day. Voting rights groups are also on alert.

Prop 59: Voters face rare advisory measure on campaigns

Voters will see a measure on the ballot that would direct elected officials to do what they can to overturn the campaign financing ruling called Citizens United.

Watch: District 4 supervisor candidates spar over homelessness, transit

The two candidates competing to fill the seat of outgoing L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe met in a sometimes heated debate Tuesday moderated by KPCC's Larry Mantle.

Human Voter Guide: Help with voter registration

Monday, Oct. 24, is the deadline to register to vote in California. This week's Human Voter Guide segment reviews tips on troubleshooting registration problems.

$9B bond measure pits school needs against fiscal worries

Prop 51, a bond measure that would raise billions for school construction, has developers lined up against opponents who include Gov. Jerry Brown.

Latino civic engagement group to press feds for undisrupted elections

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election will be rigged is raising fears that self-appointed "poll watchers" could harass voters of color.

Human Voter Guide: If your mail-in ballot hasn't arrived...

Don't panic. Vote by mail ballots are being sent out in batches. But if you're worried, the Human Voter Guide has some advice.

In LA supervisor race, a battle between change and experience

Two supervisors candidates, a longtime board insider and a newcomer to county politics, seek to represent District 5, which stretches from Santa Clarita to Covina.