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Help us welcome Mary Plummer to her new gig as senior politics reporter

KPCC producer Mary Plummer tries out urban mushing. Here she is with siberian huskies Obi (left) and Leica (right).
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We're happy to announce that KPCC's arts education reporter Mary Plummer has a new gig. This week, she joins our politics team as a senior reporter.

In her now role, Mary will be covering the elections, voter turnout and the way political power shapes communities, among other things. As the beat gets underway, Mary would love to hear from you and get your ideas for stories about politics. What do you care about? What makes you mad? What makes you tune out? 

Her stories will examine the way politics shape aspects of our everyday lives. Email Mary at to stay in touch about political stories and join the conversation. You can also chat with her on Twitter

“KPCC listeners have been such a vital part of the arts education beat," said Mary. "I hope we can build that same sense of community and momentum with political stories."

Mary has had a remarkable run as KPCC's first arts education reporter. Her most memorable stories weave strong characters and scenes with sharp, accountability reporting. Highlights include her story on the shortcomings within Los Angeles Unified's musical repair shop and the gap between state requirements for arts education and the reality on the ground. 


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Hello from ONA: What we're doing with 2000 other journalists

Marcello Sawyer and Tammy Sandberg from our human resources department at ONA.

Over 2,000 journalists have taken over the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza this week for the Online News Association's annual conference. 

We're here for three days of workshops, panels, demos, idea sharing — and networking. So much networking! Yes, KPCC is hiring and we have a booth here to tell you more. Check out our job openings, and — if you're here — stop by ONA's career fair to chat with us. 

Tons of journalists are here to talk about tech, social media, reporting and more. On day one, we heard an inspiring talk from Upworthy's Amy O’Leary and learned the ins and outs of video production from The Globe and Mail's Angela Pacienza.

A couple KPCCers took center stage, too. We heard about community engagement from our very own mobility reporter Meghan McCarty and got a crash course in coding from KPCC's data editor Chris Keller.


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Meet our Team: Elizabeth Aguilera, Community Health Reporter

Elizabeth Aguilera is the Community Health Reporter at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.

We are pleased to announce that health care reporter Elizabeth Aguilera will be shifting into a new role on the KPCC health team.  She will now assume the title of Community Health Reporter. 

Elizabeth has been covering a variety of issues for KPCC since she joined our team in early 2014, including the evolving roles of health care professionals; the ongoing debates over e-cigarettes; the “superbug” infections at local hospitals; the measles outbreak and last year’s Ebola scare.  Most recently she has teamed up with Molly Peterson to cover the fallout from the news that the lead contamination from Exide’s shuttered battery recycling plant is more widespread than previously thought.

We define “community health” quite broadly, so Elizabeth will cover a variety of issues that affect the wellbeing of communities that experience disparities in health care access and outcomes.  In addition to traditional public health and medical issues, she may focus on everything from the environment to cultural traditions to community relations with the police. You can check out all of KPCC's health coverage, including Elizabeth's work, here.


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'Water' flows through KPCC

Interested in being part of our "water cohort"? More details at the end of this article.
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OK we did get some grief — the biggest rain in recent memory, just as KPCC launched our Future of Water series on radio, digital and social media, telling us how much hotter, drier and more water-challenged California will be by 2040.

That’s ok — the “Future” series isn’t about the current drought, but instead aims to go deeper and explore more profound changes.  The reporting has taken four of our reporters around the state to figure out what California will look like in the next 25 years -- specifically how the state’s relationship with water might change given the lessons of the current drought.

Researchers are telling us climate change will make California much hotter and much drier, even by 2040.  At the same time, the state is projected to add 8 million more residents. All three factors combined will put increased stress on our already taxed water supplies.


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