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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 ABCNews.com.
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
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.
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.
A new report finds a longer school day can help student academics by way of arts education. Five schools were used as case studies.
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.
At a New York conference, the online music service Spotify will pair hackers with teachers to create innovative music education apps.
PBS Digital Studios put the cheery and thoughtful song on YouTube. Watch the latest Mister Rogers remix "Sing Together" here.
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.
Pasadena Unified prepares to serve thousands of free meals to help feed students this summer; you can find out the locations here.
One resident tells KPCC about his evacuation, while firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight.
The online arts website Classicalite found that arts education in some Los Angeles County school districts has grown -- though numbers are hard to pinpoint.
Rancho Mirage High School in the Palm Springs school district received a $1.5 million for the arts. It will name performing arts buildings for its benefactor.
Inglewood Unified School District is millions of dollars in the hole -- again. Officials said it doesn't have enough money for the upcoming school year.
The urban waterway is accessible for recreational use for the first time since the late 1930s. The experiment runs through Labor Day.
To promote the new video game, gorillas eat out of Donkey Kong barrels this weekend while patrons demo Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D at the zoo.
A handful of charter schools in L.A. Unified are using arts not to create the next generation of artists, but to inspire regular students to stay in school.