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 city sued over complaints about fumes from Huy Fong's hot chili sauce factory, but a judge has ruled it can continue operating.
Workers will pay more into their pensions, and new hires will retire later with lower benefits. It may be a template for other cities with large pension burdens.
With Tuesday's approval of four labor contracts, Long Beach claims to be the largest city in the CalPERS system to get all workers to make larger pension payments.
The bankrupt city is looking for ways to save money, but a proposal from a city council member didn't get enough votes to proceed.
A similar proposal to ask outside agencies to bid on taking over fire service failed two weeks ago, but the resignation of a council member may change the vote.
Richard Riordan and a former Enron executive are among the donors backing an effort to place a public pension initiative on the 2014 California ballot.
Mayoral candidate Chas Kelley resigns his council seat after pleading guilty to perjury. Counclman Robert Jenkins faces stalking and identity theft charges in a separate case.
Half a dozen California municipal leaders want a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would let cities cut current workers' pensions.
In the 36th Congressional District that bisects Riverside County, members of both parties lament the machinations going on in Washington.
If called, Rizzo would testify at trial of his onetime assistant. He faces 10 to 12 years in prison when sentenced in March.
After the deadly incident, a coalition of community groups calls on residents to envision a different airplane-free future for the busy general aviation facility.
Accident investigators said it could take the rest of the day to determine how many people were on a plane that crashed at Santa Monica Airport, though no one was killed on the ground.
A U.S. Parks Service study recommended not including the forest and San Gabriel Mountains, but Chu pledges to write a law to include the vast area.
Under a bill approved by the legislature, California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.
The constitutional amendment on next June's ballot will require local governments to provide access to documents and foot the bill.