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

San Gabriel council seat goes vacant amid inquiry of winner

Chin Ho Liao, who placed second in the recent election, was barred from taking the oath of office as the council investigates his residency.

LA City Council: Cedillo, Gardea face runoff in District 1 over serious issues

From sidewalk and pothole fixes to crime and jobs, First District residents look to L.A. council candidates for quality of life improvements.

Final count for recent Los Angeles elections is complete

Former state legislator Gil Cedillo falls about 400 votes short of avoiding a runoff for the First District City Council seat against runner-up Jose Gardea.

San Gabriel voter challenges Councilman-elect's residency

The San Gabriel City Council is set to decide whether to swear in the candidate who took second place, or delay while investigating his residency.

Donors to LA campaign can push donation limits too far

LA has strict limits on campaign giving – no more than $1,300 per person or company. But some donors try to find a legal way around the limits.

UPDATE: 5 of 6 former Bell officials found guilty of misappropriation of funds

The jury is deadlocked on several counts and will continue deliberations. The judge rejects an attempt by defense attorneys to challenge the validity of the verdicts.

San Gabriel withholds election results pending misconduct investigation

Official results and the swearing in of new City Council members has been held off for a week while the D.A. and city review complaints.

Election day extends far and wide outside LA city limits

Voters in dozens of mid-size to small cities that surround L.A. chose officials. West Hollywood approved term limits.

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.