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

Newsom and Villaraigosa, once political enemies, make nice

Democrats are consolidating their support behind Gavin Newsom who is running for governor. He and his former rival and fellow Democrat, Antonio Villaraigosa, held a press conference in Los Angeles announcing the former LA mayor's plans to support Newsom's campaign.

In SoCal House races, primary vote brings good news for Dems

California officials are still finishing up the ballot count for the June 5 primary. But early clues signal that key congressional seats could turn from red to blue.

Villaraigosa backs Newsom in LA after failed gubernatorial bid

Antonio Villaraigosa, who fell short in his bid to be California's net governor, joined frontrunner Gavin Newsom at Homeboy Industries' Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles on Tuesday. L.A.

Ballots of voters left off rosters to be counted by Friday

It’s been over a week since a printing error left about 118,000 names off voter rolls in Los Angeles County during the primary election on June 5. Here's an update.

Votes of those left off rolls in LA County now counted

Late Friday, L.A. County finished tabulating the votes of all those whose names were missing from primary day rosters. About 118,000 people were affected. Even though those voters' ballots are now counted, there are still about 220,000 remaining ballots to go before the vote count can be certified.

In Orange County, Keirstead leads Rouda by 370 votes

Across California, election officials are still counting ballots following last week’s primary election. One U.S. House race in Orange County, CD-48, is so close only 370 votes separate two of the candidates trying to make the runoff.

What we know about the LA County primary 'glitch'

Roughly 118,000 names went missing from Los Angeles County voter rosters during Tuesday's primary election. What we know about what happened and what's next.

California's next governor: Democrat Newsom to face Republican Cox

Gavin Newsom came into Tuesday's primary with polling showing he had a significant lead. And not long after the polls closed, the current Lt. Governor and former San Francisco mayor was declared the winner.

What your fellow humans want to know about voting in the primary election

Questions about the elections from Southern California voters and our answers will be updated every week leading up to California's primary election on June 5.

What you need to know about the California GOP convention

Supporters of two major GOP candidates for governor failed to unite behind one, jeopardizing Republican chances of advancing from the June 5 primary to the general.

Who showed up for the latest governor's debate? And what did they have to say?

One prominent candidate was a noticeable no-show at the Asian Pacific Islander gubernatorial debate in Pasadena.

Here's what's new in LA mayor's proposed budget

After a promise of big new spending on homelessness, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has released his proposed $9.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

GOP polling second in latest gubernatorial poll

For its second poll running, the Public Policy Institute survey shows Democrat Gavin Newsom leading in the primary race for governor followed by Republican John Cox.

Another low turnout LA area election, when will it end?

One candidate wins an interim state Assembly seat outright while competitors in two other districts move on to a June 5 runoff following Tuesday's special elections.

Preliminary results in the special election for State Assembly districts 39, 45 and 54

The special elections will fill California state Assembly seats 39, 45 and 54. In two of the three districts, lawmakers resigned after accusations of sexual misconduct.