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

Voter guides, US Senate race, and the first presidential debate

What to look out for in your giant voter guide, voters' views on the US Senate race, and a look ahead to the first presidential debate.

LA Council president appoints himself to oversee district 7

In an unusual move, Herb Wesson announced Thursday that he would oversee the newly vacant council seat for the San Fernando Valley until an election can be held.

Judge orders Trump reference removed in LA County supervisor race

Democratic candidate Darrell Park had tried to insert a statement in voters' election pamphlet that implied his opponent, Republican Kathryn Barger, supported the GOP presidential nominee's "extreme agenda."

Why a quiet Senate race has left many voters undecided

A new poll finds 25 percent of voters are still unsure who they'll choose in California's U.S. Senate race. Some say they don't know much about it.

LA, Orange counties seeking thousands of poll workers

Election officials have recruited some workers for the general election, but many more are needed for what's expected to be a busy day.

Santa Monica's sales tax could top charts if voters approve

Think your sales taxes are high enough? City and county officials across Southern California are proposing increases in November's election.

CA voters could see record number of school bond measures

In LA County alone an early list shows 28 school bond measures, nearly half of all local measures, are set to come before voters.

District's future uncertain as LA councilman set to leave

Constituents are wondering what's next after hearing word that L.A. City Council member Felipe Fuentes will soon leave his seat to become a lobbyist.

Erskine Fire victims must decide: Stay or relocate?

The Bakersfield-area blaze consumed 48,000 acres, including more than 250 homes. Two people died. Now the path to recovery for many is unclear.

As deadline nears, some local seats have no contenders

In LA County alone there are about 90 local races on the November ballot. The deadline for candidates to file is on Friday.

Where to ask for help after a wildfire disaster

Dealing with the stress and chaos that comes with an unexpected wildfire can make finding help difficult. Here's a list of resources to help guide those affected.

LA councilman safe from recall effort as deadline passes

Late Tuesday, the City Clerk's office confirmed that a group trying to oust Paul Krekorian did not file the necessary signatures to move forward.

Community mourns Erskine fire victims, works to cope with the aftermath

A memorial for a couple killed in the most destructive fire in California so far this year gathers together those grieving, and struggles with scant resources to recover.

Finally, California's primary results officially official

After more than a month since California's primary election, the Secretary of State certified the county results Friday, marking an official end to the vote count.

California delegates expect Trump nomination despite opposition

As California prepares to send 172 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, talk is swirling about anti-Donald Trump delegates.