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

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

New survey finds many think Feinstein shouldn't run again

A new phone survey finds half of all likely voters say California's senior U.S. senator should not pursue another term. It would be her sixth in the Senate.

California candidate's phone texts creeping out some voters

At least one candidate in the state 51st Assembly District race has taken to texting voters, a campaign tactic that some voters say is a turnoff.

Challenges mount as California's new voting overhaul nears

Security threats, low turnout and the rollout of a new law that will change how voters cast ballots all pose potential problems for elections officials statewide.

As CA congressional races heat up, will new voters show up?

Engagement around politics has surged since President Trump took office but data suggest that may not equate to better voter turnout during 2018 midterm elections.

CA may move up primary, shaking up 2020 presidential race

Switching the state's presidential primary from June to March would change the strategy for presidential candidates, but it has unclear implications for voters.

Some voters don't trust Post Office to mail ballots, study says

Research from UC Davis shows large disparities among racial and ethnic groups regarding mail voting and the degree to which they trust the U.S. Postal Service.

13 candidates vying for state Assembly seat Oct. 3

Vote-by-mail ballots are being sent out beginning Tuesday to voters in the 51st State Assembly District in Los Angeles, which includes neighborhoods like Chinatown.

As CA voting overhaul nears, survey finds voters not happy

A new University of California, Davis, study finds a majority of voters surveyed do not support consolidated voting centers in place of neighborhood polling places.

LA responds to mayor's record-breaking fundraising

Some LA residents reacted with anger on learning of the nearly $32 million in contributions raised by Mayor Eric Garcetti for favored causes, some from companies that do business with the city.

'A tricky area of philanthropy': LA mayor solicits millions for his favored causes

Mayor Eric Garcetti has used a little-known mechanism to raise $31.9 million in four years. Public records show some of the contributors do business with the city.

Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress Tuesday

California’s newest congressional member took his oath of office on Tuesday to represent the 34th district, but the lengthy transition has been controversial.

LA's mayor acknowledges challenges as he starts second term

As Eric Garcetti was sworn in, he was interrupted by a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters who held up signs and chanted.

Secretary of State denies again that California had elections breach

The state's top elections official, responding to a Bloomberg News report, says no breach occurred in the 2016 presidential election in California.

Korean American political clout still a work in progress

Robert Ahn's loss in the 34th Congressional District race proved a disappointment to his Korean American supporters but some see it as a step to broader influence.