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
The tradition of putting a flag with blue or gold stars in the window started in the First World War and is kept alive by the American Gold Star Mothers.
The city of Long Beach has adopted a new policy that calls for translating city documents and services into Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog.
"We’ve been very thorough in our deliberations, which have led to a decision to review the issue of district elections at our next council meeting," Mayor Bob Henderson said.
Critics say a plan to add language services for residents who don't speak English well should include Tagalog, Vietnamese and phone lines for other languages.
Riverside County alone spent $13 million on the high-tech voting systems, but got burned when the state changed the rules for the machines.
The Whittier Latino Coalition recently agreed to hold off on the lawsuit, but then the city hired a law firm that has defended at-large systems.
Police have raised their estimate of the number of people allegedly struck in Venice by a driver who may have been arrested several times in Colorado.
July numbers were up in several So Cal counties. The hottest spot, no pun intended, was Indio, which has the nearest clerk's office to Palm Springs.
Angry residents are trying to recall three council members and the long-serving city attorney. Pensions and spending priorities still spur debate.
The Sept. 24 runoff election will be closely watched because the Democratic supermajority in the Assembly could be affected by the outcome.
California's highest court still must consider a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.
After an audit, CalPers decided last year to cut Bruce Malkenhorst's annual payments to $115,000. He is suing CalPers and Vernon to keep the money coming in.
Ernest Dronenburg, San Diego's County Clerk, is asking the state Supreme Court to let him stop issuing marriage licenses while legal questions are pending.
The strategy combines in-person contact with digital tools to transform non-voters into active participants in civic life.
In a combative letter, the group's attorney accused the city of seeking unnecessary delays, but agreed to wait for results of a new study of voting patterns.