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

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.

Update: SoCal port strikers resume negotiations

Ships are still at bay, as opposing parties in the L.A. and Long Beach port strikes continue contract talks Sunday.

LAPD investigates quadruple homicide in Northridge

Police found the four victims lined up, prostrate on the walkway of a large house. They are still working to identify those killed.

Katy Perry to be guest of honor at concert for suicide hotline

The Trevor Project takes its name from an Oscar-winning short film about a boy who attempts suicide after his rejection from a boy he loves.

World AIDS Day honored in Lincoln Park with The Wall/Las Memorias

The Wall/Las Memorias is a combined work of architecture, landscaping and a mural that commemorates Latinos whose lives were shortened by AIDS and HIV.

Bloom retains lead, plans to take oath as Assemblyman

Weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom considers his lead unbeatable in the close race to unseat Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.