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
On Tuesday, voters will choose from a diversely experienced field of 10 candidates. If none wins a majority, a runoff election will be June 3.
Republican Lesli Gooch grew up in Riverside, but has lived and worked in Washington for many years. She's hoping to succeed her former boss, Rep. Gary Miller.
In the race for an LA County Supervisor seat, Sheila Kuehl has the edge over Bobby Shriver in support from labor, political groups and members of the state legislature.
The current U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles has served in several public and private legal posts, including as inspector general for the L.A. Police Commission.
Voters who meant to decline a party preference may have registered with the group founded by a segregationist. AIP chairman says the party's since come a long way.
State Democratic Party wins challenge, so Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur will be described as a "political involvement educator."
Because of state election guidelines, his name will still appear on the ballot. A Senate vote to suspend the Bay Area lawmaker is scheduled for Friday morning.
It's not a mob movie, but the plot enmeshing Sen. Leland Yee in gun running, offering political favors for campaign cash and other misdeeds is cinematic.
The Bay Area legislator just spent more than $600,000 on an ad campaign for the statewide office. His indictment could be a boon for Alex Padilla of L.A.
Candidates have quickly hustled up money in districts with sudden vacancies, but the bigger pools of campaign cash are in districts with long-planned openings.
Four candidates sparred over jail reform, foster care and campaign finance during a debate in a race for a rare open supervisor seat.
The April election will proceed, though the judge said the Whittier Latino Coalition has a good chance of showing at trial that voting patterns in the city are racially polarized.
The airline's California flights all originate at LAX. The multiracial and religiously diverse Malaysian community around LA numbers just a few thousand
Many primary races in Southern California will be easy going for well-funded incumbents. But these races promise a bit more drama.
Bobby Shriver will spend at least $300,000 of his own money for the Board of Supervisors seat, lifting contribution and spending limits for rival Sheila Kuehl and others.