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

Southern California Assembly races — slam dunks to squeakers

Updated results on some of Southern California's most competitive and bitterly fought Assembly races. Democrats seek a two-thirds majority.

Soda tax Measure H in El Monte falls flat

Would you have voted for a tax adding 12 cents to a can of soda or $1.28 to a gallon of sweetened juice drink to raise revenue for health and law enforcement?

Bloomberg money bomb drops in Ontario Congressional race

Independence USA focuses on candidates who are tough on gun control and education policy, but its TV ad goes after Baca on an environmental issue.

NYC Marathon canceled — Was this the right decision? (Poll)

The New York City Marathon has been canceled, though reports indicate it may be rescheduled. The announcement came as power came back on in many parts of lower Manhattan.

Gov. Brown's dog Sutter campaigns as kissing booth

Even Sutter, California's First Pooch, is on Prop 30 duty. He's got a full schedule of personal appearances between now and Election Day.

Rep. Richardson's Congressional fund runs low (CORRECTION)

The South Bay Democrat says only one line item in her office budget is depleted. In next week's election, she faces fellow party member, Rep. Janice Hahn.

Going too far? Candidate ad shows opponent's wife's ID

Joy Lin, wife of Republican candidate Matthew Lin, alleges his opponent's campaign invaded her privacy and exposed her to a risk of identity theft.

Villaraigosa endorses Takano and Ruiz for Congress

The Riverside and Palm Springs districts in which they are running but have been made more competitive for Democrats in the recent redistricting

Soda makers pound El Monte's soft drink tax Measure H

The No on Measure H campaign has produced ads in five languages saying families won't be able to afford popular drinks like horchata and boba teas.

Downey police make arrest in triple murder at family business, home

The Downey police have arrested a man in connection with Wednesday’s triple murders in Downey. Police say they are still trying to determine a motive.

Police question man in killings of 3 Downey family members

The man, who fits the description of the shooter, is one of four people detained for questioning. The others have been released and police have identified the deceased.

Updated: 4 detained in killings of 3 Downey family members

Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's fatal shootings that left three dead in Downey, police say.

CHART: Local Assembly members sit out votes, add them later

Members of the Assembly are routinely holding off on casting votes, adding them in later when they know how fellow members voted

What do millennials care about this election year?

An estimated 46 million millennials will be eligible to vote this year. We joined West Coast public radio stations to ask young voters why their vote matters.

Southland scouts react to release of 'Perversion Files'

There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.