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 officials push back after Trump's latest voter fraud claim

In the wake of President Trump's call for an investigation into widespread voter fraud, California's Secretary of State called the statements "a flat-out lie."

Dear President-elect: Snapshots from Southern California

Listen to five Southern Californians with different political perspectives share their thoughts as Donald Trump becomes the country's 45th president.

LA's proposed campaign finance overhaul explained

The proposal would ramp up public financing for qualified city office candidates and bar corporate donations, special interest money or significant self-financing.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

What's the interest in SoCal for inauguration tickets?

Some congressional offices report ticket cancellations following Donald Trump's presidential election, but others say there's steady interest in the inauguration.

Kamala Harris joins US Senate, acting California AG named

Kate Kenealy will serve temporarily pending confirmation of Congressman Xavier Becerra as California attorney general.

New congressman: Orientation 'like drinking out of a firehose'

Salud Carbajal, replacing the retiring Lois Capps in the 24th Congressional District, says Marine Corps boot camp wasn't as tough as freshman orientation.

More changes ahead for California voters in 2017

New state legislation will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Another law implements same-day registration at county elections offices.

Race to fill Becerra's congressional seat grows more crowded

Eleven candidates so far have thrown their hats into the ring to represent the 34th U.S. Congressional District in Los Angeles, which includes Eagle Rock and Chinatown.

New year brings changes to LA sales tax

A KPCC listener asks: when will Los Angeles County residents see the new sales taxes? The answer: it depends on where you live.

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.