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

'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.

Final vote count throws LA council incumbent into runoff

City Councilman Gil Cedillo will face challenger Joe Bray-Ali in a May 16 runoff after the incumbent failed to win a majority of the votes to win outright.

Special vote coming up for Becerra's old congressional seat

If you live in the 34th Congressional District in Los Angeles County, today is the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming special election on April 4.

Still a few ballots to count, but Measure H has passed

Supporters of Measure H declared victory Friday. The measure would impose a Los Angeles County sales tax increase to help fund services for the homeless.

As LA vote count continues, Cedillo's lead narrows

Updated election results Tuesday show that City Council member Gil Cedillo's margin of support is slipping and that he may face a runoff.

What would it take to reverse LA's dismal voter turnout?

Uneventful races, lack of "wedge" issues, and off-year timing all may have played a role in Tuesday's low turnout election. Officials are hoping to turn that around.

LA county, city elections deliver low turnout, major changes

In semi-official returns, L.A. County and city voters approve Measure H homeless tax, reject the Measure S development proposal and re-elect Mayor Eric Garcetti.