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

Ezell Ford was victim of gang gunfire years before LAPD shooting

Ford showed promise in his early years, but faced drug and weapons prosecutions and gang violence before his mental health problems surfaced.

Ezell Ford: Autopsy shows shot in back at close range

After months of delays, the coroner on Monday released the autopsy report on Ezell Ford, 25. The Ford family was "outraged" by the coroner's report, and small protests were held outside LAPD headquarters and near the shooting site.

Burbank's Bob Hope Airport seeks glam new identity

Years ago, the Burbank airport was actually known as the Hollywood-Burbank Airport. Officials have hired a consultant to study an entertainment-oriented rebranding.

Election 2014 recap: A billionaire's bucks bought a personal appeal in Ventura

When billionaires clashed in a too-close-to-predict Congressional race, TV ads may not have been as effective as a person-to-person voter registration campaign

Women vets get help at LA Stand Down event

Some 2,500 veterans, about one-fifth of them women, were expected to seek help and services at the weekend Stand Down event at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Storm on its way to SoCal; mandatory evacuations at 10 pm

An intense winter storm has pummeled the Bay Area on its way to Southern California, knocking out power, causing flight delays and prompting schools and local businesses to close.

Hall wins Rod Wright's open California Senate seat

With all precincts reporting Tuesday, Isadore Hall, a Democrat from Compton, had 55 percent of the votes. His closest rival in the four-candidate field had 26 percent.

Downtown LA fire: $10M damage estimate, update on p.m. commute

A massive fire Monday destroyed a still-under-construction apartment complex along the 110 freeway, damaged the LADWP headquarters, and shut portions of two major freeways.

LA rain: 1.4 billion gallons of water collected from storm

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works' network of storm channels has captured more than 1.4 billion gallons of the muddy wet stuff by midday Wednesday.

First Person: Placing 'ghost bikes' to honor fallen cyclists

The Ghost Bike Foundation strips bikes, paints them white and places them at the scene of cyclists' deaths as a memorial and to remind drivers to be careful.

LA rain: Mandatory Camarillo Springs evacuations lifted

A late autumn rain storm has blanketed Southern California. Evacuations in Camarillo Springs have been lifted, with homes in the area spared from damage.

3 convicted in Colby fire ordered to pay $9M

Three men who were convicted of causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that forced thousands to flee have been ordered to pay $9 million in restitution.

2 SoCal Democrats lose Assembly seats after close races

The independent backing of a billionaire may have helped Republican David Hadley oust Democrat Al Muratsuchi from his Torrance Assembly seat.

Safety rules return Badwater Ultramarathon to Death Valley

The 135-mile footrace -- billed as the world's toughest due to brutal desert heat -- had been barred from Death Valley National Park in July

These Calif. cities scored best and worst for LGBT policies

The cities were scored on their relationships to LGBT communities, their employment practices, and the extent to which LGBT workers received equal insurance coverage