Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

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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. 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

Downtown LA fire: $10M damage estimate, update on p.m. commute

A massive fire Monday destroyed a still-under-construction apartment complex along the 110 freeway, damaged the LADWP headquarters, and shut portions of two major freeways.

LA rain: 1.4 billion gallons of water collected from storm

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works' network of storm channels has captured more than 1.4 billion gallons of the muddy wet stuff by midday Wednesday.

First Person: Placing 'ghost bikes' to honor fallen cyclists

The Ghost Bike Foundation strips bikes, paints them white and places them at the scene of cyclists' deaths as a memorial and to remind drivers to be careful.

LA rain: Mandatory Camarillo Springs evacuations lifted

A late autumn rain storm has blanketed Southern California. Evacuations in Camarillo Springs have been lifted, with homes in the area spared from damage.

3 convicted in Colby fire ordered to pay $9M

Three men who were convicted of causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that forced thousands to flee have been ordered to pay $9 million in restitution.

2 SoCal Democrats lose Assembly seats after close races

The independent backing of a billionaire may have helped Republican David Hadley oust Democrat Al Muratsuchi from his Torrance Assembly seat.

Safety rules return Badwater Ultramarathon to Death Valley

The 135-mile footrace -- billed as the world's toughest due to brutal desert heat -- had been barred from Death Valley National Park in July

These Calif. cities scored best and worst for LGBT policies

The cities were scored on their relationships to LGBT communities, their employment practices, and the extent to which LGBT workers received equal insurance coverage

Local vets skeptical about VA reform announcement

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald plans sweeping changes at the scandal-tainted agency. Veterans report waiting months for care; some have died waiting.

Calif. Democrats come to grips with new GOP majority

The Republican majority takes over in January; California Democrats — including Senators Feinstein and Boxer — challenge the GOP to govern.

GOP takes Senate, but not California, in hard-fought races

Democrats won outright or were poised to win highly contested Southern California seats. Still, retirements and redistricting mean a flotilla of freshmen are headed to Capitol Hill.

Election 2014 SoCal results: McDonnell claims Sheriff's victory (updated)

Former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell won the race for L.A. County Sheriff. Meanwhile, it'll be a long night for the rivals to fill Zev Yaroslavsky's seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

Slow mail-in votes indicate an historic low-turnout

Mail-in ballots are coming in at slower rates than 2012 and 2010. Low turnout elections tend to reduce the representation of young voters, and voters of color.

LAPD owes LAX millions over cops diverted from airport duty

Some LAPD officers paid with airport funds were sent to do security sweeps at the Oscars and NBA finals, far from the LAX turf where they were assigned.

A year after LAX shooting, airport cops question security

The head of the union that represents rank-and-file airport police officers says they are understaffed and under-equipped. Police Chief Pat Gannon disputes that