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.
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
Researchers say low voter turnout from California's Asian-American due to lack of interest in the group from political parties.
David and Andrew Fung — the comic Fung brothers — imagine bleak futures for themselves if they let their mother refrain from voting.
The State Senator who sponsored the legislation says "This is a game-changer for our democracy"; Registration continues through Oct. 22
Riverside-area candidates for Congress' 41st District clash Oct. 3 in a live forum to follow the Obama-Romney televised debate.
Thirty-two percent of likely Asian-American remain undecided about their choice for president, which could affect results in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia
Two Congressional races in California saw huge spending by Super PACs, inundating voters with mailers, TV ads and phone calls. Who's spending and why?
The state's new voter registration system is meant to save counties money and get voters' data processed about a week faster than the paper-based system.
A student leader said he and his friends feel peer pressure to seem politically liberal on social media sites when they might actually be more conservative.
The organization that received a film permit to make the controversial movie “Innocence of Muslims” was Duarte-based nonprofit Media for Christ.
A man who identified himself as Sam Bacile says he made the film. The Associated Press found Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has used an alias that resembles Bacile.
The Santa Monica City Council plans to debate a free speech issue Tuesday night. It’s about the ads on the sides of the city’s Big Blue Buses.
KPCC asked Southern California birder Chuck Almdale what local birds most resemble the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
A Crenshaw High student's quest to visit the White House landed her a role as one of California's youngest delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
This is the 19th year Los Angeles County has leased the larger water-dropping planes.
Firefighters hope to take advantage of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and dying winds tonight to battle the fire still burning in the San Gabriel Mountains.