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. 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

Assemblyman Morrell to seek Emmerson's vacated Senate seat

Assemblyman Mike Morrell said he was surprised by fellow Republican Emmerson's announcement he had lost his passion for legislative work, but quickly decided to run.

City attorney and councilmember recalled in San Bernardino

City Attorney James Penman and City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack were ousted in a recall election Tuesday, but McCammack also got the most votes in the mayoral race.

Would-be candidates get a boost onto the political ladder

Groups like Emily's List among Democrats and the Republicans' Project Grow help would-be candidates learn the basics of running for public office.

Update: Calderon targeted in Hollywood bribery sting; FBI seeks leaker

The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.

Update: Judge denies attempt to close Sriracha hot sauce plant (photos)

The city sued over complaints about fumes from Huy Fong's hot chili sauce factory, but a judge has ruled it can continue operating.

Pension reform: Long Beach claims leadership in reducing risk

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.

Long Beach workers will pay more into pension plans

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.

San Bernardino won't seek to outsource firefighting services

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.

San Bernardino may look at outsourcing fire service

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.

Former LA mayor, Texas mogul back pension overhaul campaign

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.

UPDATE: San Bernardino councilman pleads guilty to perjury

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.

Mayors: Let cities cut current workers' pensions

Half a dozen California municipal leaders want a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would let cities cut current workers' pensions.

Shutdown: In this district, Democrats and Republicans agree

In the 36th Congressional District that bisects Riverside County, members of both parties lament the machinations going on in Washington.

Robert Rizzo, former Bell city manager, pleads no contest in corruption case

If called, Rizzo would testify at trial of his onetime assistant. He faces 10 to 12 years in prison when sentenced in March.

Santa Monica Airport crash revives shutdown campaign

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.