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

Revised budget increases spending even as Brown urges caution

The $183.4 billion budget includes increases in spending for things like K-12 schools, community colleges and preschool programs.

Cedillo far ahead in campaign donations in City Council race

City Council incumbent Gil Cedillo is leading his embattled challenger Joe Bray-Ali in campaign donations, according to the latest finance reports.

Bray-Ali tries to win back voters as protests mount

In the midst of growing calls to end his campaign, L.A. City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali vowed to stay in the race and win back voters' trust.

Human Voter Guide: Get ready for May 16 election

Today is the last day to register to vote for Los Angeles' upcoming election, which features four runoffs and one citywide ballot measure.

Debate gives LA's District 7 voters chance to assess candidates

Candidates Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian are set to meet this weekend in their final debate before the city's May 16 general election.

LA mayor sets ambitious goals in uncertain times

Mayor Eric Garcetti today delivered his annual State of the City address, highlighting plans to house the homeless, increase jobs, and protect the environment.

'Go back to India' outburst caps heated LA council debate

In a faceoff on housing issues Monday, L.A. City Council member Gil Cedillo and challenger Joe Bray-Ali met for the first of two debates ahead of the May 16 general election.

Vote by mail begins for LA City Council, school board races

Vote by mail starts for Los Angeles runoff elections taking place through May 16. On the ballot: two school board seats, two City Council seats and a charter change.

Final vote count for congressional race shows dismal turnout

Results show just 14 percent of eligible voters participated in the 34th Congressional District primary election, which advanced two candidates to a June runoff.

The breakdown: What the primary for Becerra's seat reveals about CA Dems

Some speculated that the race could offer hints about the direction of the Democratic Party. Hint: Progressives are definitely in the driver's seat.

Gomez and Ahn headed to 34th Congressional District runoff

Voters in the special election for the 34th Congressional District appeared to send Democrats Jimmy Gomez and Robert Ahn to a runoff, according to semi-official results from election officials.

Today's special election: Here's what you need to know

Los Angeles area voters will choose between 23 candidates on the ballot to replace former U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, who is now California's attorney general.

Vote-by-mail ballots give some hints in special election

About 300,000 voters in the L.A. area have a chance to pick their next Congressional representative Tuesday in a special election to replace Xavier Becerra.

Human Voter Guide: Election for Xavier Becerra's successor nears

Tuesday is the special election for the 34th Congressional District seat, which was previously held by Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general.

Field crowded for Becerra's former congressional seat

A candidate forum for the 34th Congressional District race showed the challenge for voters: 20 of the 23 candidates attended to pitch undecided voters.