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

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.

GOP congressman targeted by Democrats — and some constituents

U.S. Rep. Steve Knight who's running for reelection is regularly dogged by protests as unhappiness with President Trump and Knight's votes triggers more activism.

LA County supervisors press for better harassment policies

Several members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors suggested changes are needed to make sexual harassment procedures easier to access for county workers.

LA County's sexual harassment policies to undergo review

After a short discussion, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to order a review of the county’s complaint procedures.

City of LA paid $2.5M to settle 7 sexual harassment cases

The L.A. City Council approved steps to strengthen its policies on sexual harassment and ease the way for employees to report cases of inappropriate behavior.

LA breaks records for hottest Thanksgiving ever

Downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees, a statistic that goes all the way back to 1877, when records began being kept.

LA County sees upswing in worker sexual harassment complaints

Since July, the county has received more than 3,000 complaints from workers alleging sexual harassment and other workplace issues. The city of L.A. is moving to review its policies.

California Republicans drive recall efforts, ballot measures

As state Democrats head into a key election year with several legislative wins racked up, Republicans are finding ways to push their agenda outside of Sacramento.

Compton voters reject proposed salary increases

In Compton, voters rejected a salary increase for the mayor and City Council members. Elsewhere in L.A. County, voters weighed in on other issues and offices.

These 4 OC districts will be fierce battlegrounds in the 2018 midterms

Democrats are working to flip several Orange County seats but Republicans say they can expect a battle.

Steve Bannon bashes Bush in a raucous speech

Bannon called former President George W. Bush "a piece of work." He also slammed senator John McCain and GOP consultant Karl Rove.

De León pledges change in targeting Sen. Feinstein's seat

The battle for Dianne Feinstein's U.S. Senate seat is taking shape with her strongest Democratic challenger suggesting she is part of the Washington status quo.