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

Small city candidates work for last-minute votes

More than two dozen cities are holding council elections on Tuesday, but without the big media budgets and staff, it means candidates hit the streets.

Trutanich takes break from campaigning after mother's death

His campaign ads for reelection as city attorney continue. His campaign attacks rival Mike Feuer over a campaign consultant's waived fees.

Working families get free tax help claiming refunds

Many working families that could get more than $5,000 in tax credits miss out because they don't file a tax return. California is offering free filing help.

Unions bankroll independent campaigns in LA primary races

Los Angeles electrical and water workers join other labor groups to pour millions of dollars into independent groups backing Wendy Greuel and a few other city candidates.

La Opinión endorses Garcetti in L.A. mayor's race

L.A.'s largest Spanish-language newspaper sees the councilman as more prepared to manage the city's budget challenges.

Hitting the streets with Cedillo, Gardea in LA's Council District 1 (Photos)

Los Angeles voters have a choice between the established Sacramento lawmaker or the longtime bureaucrat in a district that stretches from Northeast L.A. to Pico-Union.

UPDATE: San Bernardino Sheriff ID's slain deputy, says Dorner manhunt is over (Photos, Map)

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.

Update: Officials find 'human remains' in burnt-out Big Bear cabin (photos, map)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.

LAPD manhunt: Police, others deny drone search for Christopher Dorner

Are unmanned aircraft plying the skies looking for fugitive Christopher Dorner? Should they? Does the public have a legitimate privacy concern? We called several police agencies to ask.

LAPD manhunt: Christopher Dorner's promising career ended with angry manifesto, fugitive status

Dorner once had the promise of a Navy and police career, but it all crumbled in disputes with co-workers. A look at what public documents, associates and Dorner himself say about the downward spiral of his life.

Jewish voters could be key voting bloc in LA mayor's race

In a primary with a low voter turnout, the candidate for LA mayor who wins the Jewish vote could win a place in the runoff election.

Greuel inches closer to Garcetti in fundraising race

The two leading mayoral candidates have together raised more than $7 million in their quest to run Los Angeles.

Mural altered to endorse LA council candidate

A Venice homeowner has turned a mural he commissioned into an endorsement for candidate Odysseus Bostick.

Bell's corruption case left residents with high taxes

The city's legal bills top $1 million annually, water rates and parcel taxes remain high. But residents have a renewed interest in their community.

Bell's corruption case left residents with high taxes

The city's legal bills top $1 million annually, water rates and parcel taxes remain high. But residents have a renewed interest in their community.