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

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.

Garcetti, Greuel get most show biz donations in mayor's race

Eric Garcetti has the bulk of entertainment industry dollars that have been donated in the mayor's race. His main rival, Wendy Greuel, has about one-third.

Volunteers describe Rose Parade for blind spectators

"Pretty" isn't enough - Rose Parade interpreters for the visually impaired use lots of metaphor and detail to convey the essence of floats and marching units.

Expo Line draws partiers downtown for growing social scene

The Expo Line between Culver City and downtown L.A. has opened the Westside to light rail travel and fueled downtown businesses.

California grows few Rose Parade blooms

The Rose Parade remains one of the world's foremost showcases of floral beauty, but is now dominated by foreign-grown flowers.

(Map) Where to view or volunteer for Rose Parade float decorating

Use our guide to find some of the small-town hand-built floats and details on volunteering do's and don'ts. Hint: Dress warmly. Bring food.

Campaigns mine Twitter, Facebook & other social media for votes

When you "like" a politician's page, strategists match your Facebook persona or Twitter name to your actual voter registration record.

Obama: Got more L.A. County votes than in all of NJ

What does it mean when a single California county casts more pro-Obama votes than 42 states? It means we're really big. Duh.

Labor of Love: Volunteers needed to perform county weddings

A cadre of trained volunteers perform most county civil ceremonies. County offices have added extra volunteers and wedding hours on 12-12-12.