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

Voters will decide fate of Public Records Act

The constitutional amendment on next June's ballot will require local governments to provide access to documents and foot the bill.

Activists ask Congress to 'get back to work' on immigration

As Congress returns to D.C. with Syria and the debt ceiling on the agenda, activists are trying to keep immigration reform on the front burner.

Diana Nyad inspires swimmers at her Pasadena training pool

Nyad's message to the crowd on that Florida beach -- that you're never too old to chase your dream -- resonated with younger swimmers.

Free kayaking on Elysian Valley portion of LA River ends

The pilot project to allow free fishing, riverbank hiking and kayaking on a 2.5-mile stretch of the river south of Fletcher Drive ends at 5 p.m. Labor Day.

San Bernardino councilmembers and city attorney face recall

Two council members are targeted for recall and another three are up for re-election, signaling a possible wholesale change after the November election.

Judge: San Bernardino is eligible for bankruptcy protection

The city filed for bankruptcy a year ago as it faced a $24 million deficit. The judge has yet to rule whether the city can change its pension obligations.

Residents to vote on electing Whittier city council by districts

Some on the council felt pressured. "We've got to get the city of Whittier out of the way of the cross-hairs of this gun that has been pointed at us," Mayor Bob Henderson said.

Whittier answers Latino lawsuit with district voting plans

Either plan on Tuesday's council agenda would shift city elections away from its at-large system, which critics say has prevented Latino representation.

DOT: Bus company in 210 Freeway crash has record of citations (MAP, PHOTOS)

The company involved in Thursday's crash has been cited three times for moving violations. The owner ran a similarly named company that lost its federal permit.

In the Inland Empire a Congressional race is in full swing

Republican Gary Miller is being challenged by a trio of Democrats including Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Congressman Joe Baca.

Long Beach flies Gold Star flag honoring war dead, families

The tradition of putting a flag with blue or gold stars in the window started in the First World War and is kept alive by the American Gold Star Mothers.

Long Beach adopts policy calling for city docs in other languages

The city of Long Beach has adopted a new policy that calls for translating city documents and services into Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog.

Whittier to discuss changing elections after Latino group suit

"We’ve been very thorough in our deliberations, which have led to a decision to review the issue of district elections at our next council meeting," Mayor Bob Henderson said.

Critics rally to expand Long Beach language services

Critics say a plan to add language services for residents who don't speak English well should include Tagalog, Vietnamese and phone lines for other languages.

State audit: $22M spent on voting machines that can't be used

Riverside County alone spent $13 million on the high-tech voting systems, but got burned when the state changed the rules for the machines.