Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
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. These days, she is covering the built environment around Southern California -- sidewalks, water and sewer systems -- to find out what's working, what's broken, and who's fixing it.
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
A citizens group sued to abolish the city's at-large elections that allegedly dilute Latino voting power. The plaintiffs are not satisfied with a newly approved system.
A lack of big personalities and hot-button ballot initiatives on the primary ballot is part of the story behind L.A. County's dismal 13 percent turnout.
Voter turnout has been trending downward in California primaries for 20 years. By midday, that trend didn't appear to be changing, despite the state's new top-two system.
Sixteen state candidates invested at least $100,000 of their own money in hopes of buying enough ads and campaign help to get into the November runoff.
Registrars offices will accept your mail-in ballot in person today and on Election Day. It must be in the Registrar's hands by 8 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement with Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, to be the new owner of the L.A. Clippers. But Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit against the NBA Friday afternoon.
A new website touts its ability to analyze campaign donors to identify which candidates best match your own views.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is backing Congressional candidate Ted Lieu and County Supervisor Gloria Molina gives her support to supervisor candidate John Duran.
The constitutional amendment affects citizens who need routine public documents such as a vehicle accident or code enforcement report.
Tuesday is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 3 primary election. Local voters don't use the convenience as much as other Californians.
The father of Veronika Weiss, who was one of the victims shot near a sorority near UC Santa Barbara's campus said his daughter was a passionate student and athlete.
He's pulled in nearly as much in small contributions of $300 or less, which is all he's allowed to collect after rejecting the county's campaign spending limits.
Kanye West and Kings of Leon in Philly versus Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in L.A. appearing in simultaneous concerts produced by Jay-Z.
More than 2,500 poll workers are needed for the June 3 primary. Especially sought are people who can speak Chinese, Korean, Tagalog or other languages.
Pete Aguilar of Redlands and Aja Brown of Compton are among the 40 politicians under the age of 40 who merit attention, according to the Washington Post.