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

Battle of old versus new Compton in mayor's race

Former two-time Mayor Omar Bradley faces Aja Brown, a planning consultant. Bradley proposes a broad youth employment program, Brown wants to re-write city zoning.

Hack for LA spotlights tech life in Boyle Heights

Computer coders compete to create apps to improve life in LA. Winner gets $20,000 in cash and tech prizes. Boyle Heights chosen over trendy Westside tech hotspots.

Court orders release of additional priest files

Records from more than 50 religious orders will be made public by Sept. 10. The files were part of litigation already settled by the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

LA mayor's race: Why did so few voters show up? Blame economics

One of the lowest turnout voting precincts in the city sits in the shadow of the massive 105/110 freeway connector.

LA election vote count not tardy, city official says

But an expert who has studied LA's process says the city could speed things up by counting votes at polling places.

Fire official, reality star pleads not guilty to arson

Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.

PACs spend $1 million for Curren Price in LA council race

The spending by independent groups in the District 9 race is approaching a record. The district had the lowest turnout of any council race in the March 5 primary.

LA Mayor's race: PAC spending reaches record $18 million

Most of the money goes to the usual TV, radio and mail ads, but a significant amount is paying for a street-level person-to-person campaign.

LA mayor's race: Garcetti has cash edge for final push (updated)

Eric Garcetti's campaign may be saving for late ad buys, but it could be countered by independent committees that are backing Wendy Greuel.

S. Korean president visits with Villaraigosa, Brown

Park Geun-hye, after visiting President Obama in Washington this week, came to Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Koreans outside her nation.

LA mayor's race: What about the parks? (MAP)

Residents have watched city parks lose a third of their budget in recent years and want the next mayor to restore recreational facilities.

San Gabriel City Council decides to seat councilman-elect

Chin-Ho Liao was elected two months ago, but the City Council kept him in political limbo while weighing a challenge of his residency.

California lacks statewide online tools to help voters

A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds only California and Vermont offer none of the resources that are used in other states.

San Gabriel City Council to rule in residency challenge

The council's decision on whether Councilman-elect Chin-Ho Liao may take office is expected May 6 after hearings on whether he legally lives in the city.

LA mayor's race: City worker unions power pro-Wendy Greuel PAC

In contrast with past L.A. mayoral elections, the big independent money is coming from city unions in support of Controller Wendy Greuel.