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
Four candidates sparred over jail reform, foster care and campaign finance during a debate in a race for a rare open supervisor seat.
The April election will proceed, though the judge said the Whittier Latino Coalition has a good chance of showing at trial that voting patterns in the city are racially polarized.
The airline's California flights all originate at LAX. The multiracial and religiously diverse Malaysian community around LA numbers just a few thousand
Many primary races in Southern California will be easy going for well-funded incumbents. But these races promise a bit more drama.
Bobby Shriver will spend at least $300,000 of his own money for the Board of Supervisors seat, lifting contribution and spending limits for rival Sheila Kuehl and others.
Jose Fernandez, who leads the small Centinela Valley district, made the announcement at a meeting where the board of directors apologized for overpaying its top executive.
The bestselling author and spiritual lecturer is waging an independent campaign for Congress, and could pull votes from more traditional candidates.
Amy Howorth loaned her campaign $100,000 in seed money, but she's going up against a candidate who spent more than $2 million in an Assembly race.
Republicans tried Thursday to force a vote to expel him, but the matter was instead referred to the Senate Rules Committee; Democrat leader says residency of other members will be investigated.
Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods says two-thirds of the 61 chili odor complaints came from just four homes near its Irwindale plant
While much of the Democratic establishment is backing Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, some big names are endorsing a rival, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.
More than seven years after it identified hundreds of school buildings at a greater risk of collapse in an earthquake, the LA school district has evaluated only a few dozen.
The two major parties still dominate California rolls, but almost 21 percent of registered voters claim no party preference.
The Drug Policy Alliance decided to wait until 2016 to try getting its marijuana legalization measure on the ballot, but two groups are still aiming for November.
The Democrat will instead run for the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. Her D.C. predecessor calls her a "bimbo," but then apologizes.