Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

Sharon McNary
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Sharon McNary is a Politics Reporter for Southern California Public Radio. She uses public records, public engagement sourcing and other methods (like good old fashioned shoe leather) to help draw stories from the experience, expertise and concerns of our communities as well as from political agendas.

In her first three years at KPCC, Sharon launched KPCC’s Public Insight Network, a group of several thousand people who — by sharing their experiences and expertise — help the newsroom cover Southern California. People who respond to Public Insight Network questions have been included in many KPCC award-winning news reports, including investigative coverage of prison conditions, long-form narratives, and talk show segments.

A military veteran, McNary was a computer programmer before she was a journalist, so she has always sought out tech-savvy and creative ways to cover news.

McNary has worked in TV news and documentaries, radio, wire service and newspapers in the Southern California news market, developing award-winning investigative and computer-assisted reporting projects.

Following a mid-career public service break with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, McNary returned to print and multimedia reporting. She has covered disasters, government corruption, growth and immigration, often using databases, mapping and other technology tools to break news.

McNary is an avid cook, seamstress and knitter while her outdoor pursuits are competing in marathons and triathlons


Stories by Sharon McNary

Sriracha plant opens factory doors to repair smelly image

Huy Fong Foods settled a dispute over chili odors bothering neighborhood residents. Now the factory's owner is offering tours and a gift shop to gain public favor.

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena to withhold part of report on police shooting

An independent report looks into the shooting death of the unarmed college student by Pasadena police officers, but the city wants to withhold portions of it from the public.

Eminem, Rihanna deliver profits and Rose Bowl controversy

Acts like Jay-Z, Beyonce and One Direction are part of a series of seven huge concerts helping the Pasadena-owned Rose Bowl mark one of its highest-grossing years.

Bell pays 'Rizzo Tax' long after officials go to prison

The city lacks major retailers to generate sales tax revenue to pay down debt following decades of corruption and to provide better services to residents.

Running 135 miles through heat and mountains for bragging rights

Nearly 100 runners set off this morning on the run of their lives, racing to cover 135 miles of desert and mountains in two days for the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.

Controllers' recount: Perez pulls the plug

It took six days of tedious hand-counting of ballots for Perez to call off the recount. It cost at least $30,000 but won him only ten new votes.

'Toughest' race barred from Death Valley takes tougher route

The 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon adopts a new route after the National Park Service halted permits for extreme sporting events in Death Valley.

Election 2014: Perez persists in controller's race recount; Yee gets Democrats' cash

Three days of costly hand-counting ballots get controller's race also-ran John Perez only seven additional votes. The recount could go on for weeks or months.

Challenge kicks off Perez-requested recount in state Controller race

Counting of votes in the controller primary race begins in Kern and Imperial Counties. Former Assembly Speaker John Perez hopes to make up a 481-vote gap.

8 reasons to care about the recount in the state controller's race

A statewide election recount is uncharted territory in California. Here's why Perez v Yee should interest every voter.

Inglewood school funds were used to attack school board candidate

Public funds meant to educate Inglewood students were instead used to benefit a board member’s re-election campaign in 2009, court testimony and interviews show.

3rd place Perez seeks recount in controller's race

The chances a recount could change the outcome of the California state controller's race are remote, and the process expensive. L.A. County is one of 15 to be recounted.

Grand Jury says one-third of LA cities failed to adopt better management

The watchdog agency recommended improved fiscal controls for cities last year, and in a follow-up report found that many cities ignored the advice

Broadcast TV stations must post political ad buy docs online

A pilot program of the FCC that put four big local station's data online now expands to include all broadcast TV stations in the area

Betty Yee claims she's on November Controller ballot

Yee and former Assembly Speaker John Perez see-sawed between second and third place many times in the close race. Perez must decide between concession and a recount