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

Trump is coming to town; here's what to watch for

President Trump will make the first visit of his presidency to California next week with planned stops in San Diego and Los Angeles.

New California law to make voting sign-up easier for teens

Eligible teenagers will be automatically pre-registered to vote at the DMV when they get a license or state ID starting in April.

Trump to visit California for first time since becoming president

Trump will visit Southern California in mid-March. His plans include a visit to see prototypes of the proposed border wall that he has championed since his presidential campaign.

After #MeToo, no longer business as usual for California Democrats

California Democrats wrapped up their three-day state convention in San Diego with the issue of sexual harassment casting a wide shadow over the event.

California Democrats won't endorse candidates for governor, US Senate

A deeply divided state Democratic Party couldn't agree on who to support in these major races — which are just around the corner for voters.

Sexual harassment a persistent, costly problem for City of Los Angeles

The city has paid out millions since 2011 for settlements or judgments involving allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

Why LA city sexual harassment claims have gone way up

Until recently, the city of LA's Personnel Department had received just 35 reports of harassment in a five-year stretch. Recently, reports have drastically increased.

Rendon recall effort stumbles as opponents turn to his reelection

State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's opponents have essentially given up their effort to recall him after failing to turn in any signatures for a recall election.

Villaraigosa narrows in on Newsom in new poll

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are now nearly tied in the race for governor, according to a new survey of likely voters.

Gubernatorial candidates appeal to Latino voters

Six of the major candidates running to succeed California Gov. Jerry Brown made their case to a largely Democratic audience at a forum broadcast on Univision.

California governor's forum gets contentious

The six candidates came out swinging at their first town hall. They weren't the only ones. A vocal crowd cheered and booed.

Candidates for California's next governor battle to separate themselves

It got heated — and personal — when the six major candidates met on stage at USC to discuss the issues facing California.

3 things to listen for at the gubernatorial town hall Saturday

It will be the first time the candidates have faced each other in public to answer questions.

California's sexual harassment laws will expand in 2018

Transgender employees will have stronger protections and supervisors will have to participate in additional training.

How Republicans in California voted on the tax bill

A breakdown of how GOP representatives voted and what it'll likely mean for the upcoming mid-term election looming in 2018.