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

Early lesson plan? LA street art glossary and guides

What's the difference between a tag and a roller? New online guide to street art sorts out graffiti lingo. And local guides lead you to key art. Field trip, anyone?

Website reviews educational apps — with teachers in mind

A new website offers independent reviews of apps. It's aimed at teachers looking to bring digital tools into their classrooms.

Sneak Peek: LA Unified's new arts education plan

To fulfill its promise to make arts education a core subject, L.A. Unified teachers will incorporate the arts into other subjects.

Free art classes get a boost from Laguna Beach auction

A Laguna Beach gallery partners with the non-profit Ryman Arts to help raise money for weekend art classes in Fullerton.

UC Davis wins grant to redesign core STEM courses

Grant supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics will help the university improve core courses for those majors

Tablets in the classroom bring cutting-edge problems, too

A wireless network administrator points says introducing iPads into classrooms can introduce unintended problems, turns teachers into tech support

Short on time? New arts education conference available online

Brush up on teaching tricks from the comfort of your own home. A former art teacher launches a new way to connect with other art teachers.

New online tool helps students see potential salaries

Prospective students can now check median wages before picking a college and a degree program. The tool is simple to use and offers a wealth of helpful data.

OC arts high school connects students to Hollywood

The Orange County School of the Arts put on its second-ever showcase this year. The event brought the school's top acting students to L.A. to perform for agents.

Report: Arts benefits students, but limited boost to academics

A new report out of Paris took an in-depth analysis of current research on arts education. Learning music can boost students' IQ scores, but no evidence theater and dance help.

Longer school day may be the key to arts education

A new report finds a longer school day can help student academics by way of arts education. Five schools were used as case studies.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

Spotify to partner with school teachers to develop new music apps

At a New York conference, the online music service Spotify will pair hackers with teachers to create innovative music education apps.

PBS releases another Mister Rogers remix

PBS Digital Studios put the cheery and thoughtful song on YouTube. Watch the latest Mister Rogers remix "Sing Together" here.

After 28 years, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts gets its own home

Since 1985, the L.A. County High School for the Arts has shared classroom space at Cal State L.A. Now, the school gets its own dedicated building at a cost of $31 million.