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 LA County supervisors contests, Barger and Hahn leading

District 5 candidate Kathryn Barger and District 4 contender Janice Hahn were leading their respective races early Wednesday morning.

California primary: What's at stake, what you need to know

As California voters head to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election, we bring you voting information and a roundup of what's on your ballot.

LA County supervisors seats among most important on Tuesday ballot

Two contested openings on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are up before primary election voters.

What to do if you didn't get your mail in ballots

The Los Angeles County registrar says the last batch of mail in ballots was sent out Saturday, but some voters say they are still waiting on theirs.

Human Voter Guide: Vote by mail tips and candidate research

This Human Voter Guide segment is the fourth in our question and answer series on Take Two. We help you find answers to voting questions!

Where Clinton and Sanders stand on California's issues

California voters rank jobs and employment as their top concern going into Tuesday's primary. Here's how the Democratic candidates stack up on the issues.

Trump hot topic at LA County supervisor District 5 debate

Homelessness, infrastructure, pensions and Donald Trump all came up in questions fielded by candidates competing for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors District 5 seat.

Human Voter Guide: Crossover ballots explained

Last week was all about voter registration. Now, with the primary registration deadline behind us, we turn to “crossover ballots.”

LA County supervisors' District 4 race features 3-way contest

The candidates running to succeed Supervisor Don Knabe include a congresswoman, Knabe's aide and an education advocate.

Human Voter Guide: Questions about registering to vote? We've got answers

The Human Voter Guide answers your voting and election questions. This is the second in a series of helpful tips for voters.

Human Voter Guide: Your election questions answered

We know there's a lot of interest and confusion out there about the elections. KPCC has a sherpa to lead you through the wilderness.

Warning: Be careful casting US Senate vote

California's primary ballots will feature 34 U.S. Senate candidates listed over two pages. Officials are warning voters to be careful to make only one choice.

Voters could see parcel tax for LA parks on November ballot

A ballot measure to add a parcel tax in Los Angeles County to help pay for parks came a step closer to coming before voters Tuesday.

LA County Supervisors vote to end solitary confinement for juveniles

"It’s like they lock up a little puppy, and it comes out a pitbull," said one man who faced solitary confinement as a teen. County supervisors voted to ban the practice.

Will young voters' discontent translate at the polls?

As young voters in California sign up to vote in large numbers and join campaigns of political outsiders, their clout could be substantial, but only if they show up.