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

Arts in schools: Strings, dance steps add up to success at two LA charters

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.

Arts Ed UK style - a look at the movement abroad

Lawmakers in England are pushing to include the arts as a sixth pillar of the English Baccalaureate, a performance measure for high schoolers.

High school musical theater students take over Pantages

The top L.A.-area high school musical students competed at the Jerry Herman Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday. Winners will compete in New York.

Teaching tips: How to make the last 2 weeks of school memorable

For many, the end of the school year is just a few weeks away. This compilation of teaching tips will help you get the most out of the last few weeks.

Kids compete for art funding for their schools

L.A. Unified students to compete in elephant artwork contest for a chance to win money for their schools' art departments.

New school to be named after Mexican artist

L.A. Unified's Board of Education approved naming a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The decision flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about it.

Famed art program doesn't save school from cuts

Teacher Rafe Esquith celebrates his 30th anniversary this year. But the notoriety of his student Shakespeare program hasn’t spared his school from arts program cuts.

Bjork to bring her children's art program to LA

Singer Bjork will bring her kids art program to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event will be free and open to the public.

For Pasadena school, arts plus math is really adding up

A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.

Mega student talent show heads to Paramount Studios

More than 3,000 students are expected to attend Los Angeles Unified School District's Take Action talent show on Saturday at Paramount Studios.

Pasadena tries krump to lure young dancers (photos, video)

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

Sylmar High science teachers: We can't afford new criteria (Photos)

Science teachers said they're excited about hands-on teaching. But how will the cash-strapped school pay for the necessary supplies? The first of two stories looking at science in the schools.

Life-changing scholarship awarded to 5 Paramount seniors

Five students at Paramount High School were selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. That many awards for the minority scholarship are rare.

Public comment period begins for new K-12 science standards

The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.

LAUSD summer enrichment programs reduced again

The district is cutting its summer enrichment programming to 160 schools. The free activities for elementary and middle school students include art, music and drama.