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

Prop 8: Calif. court rejects bid to stop gay marriages

California's highest court still must consider a petition arguing that a voter-approved gay marriage ban remains valid in all but two counties.

Former Vernon city exec sues to keep $500K pension

After an audit, CalPers decided last year to cut Bruce Malkenhorst's annual payments to $115,000. He is suing CalPers and Vernon to keep the money coming in.

San Diego County Clerk asks for halt to gay marriage permits

Ernest Dronenburg, San Diego's County Clerk, is asking the state Supreme Court to let him stop issuing marriage licenses while legal questions are pending.

Voter engagement effort in South LA is both high-tech and personal

The strategy combines in-person contact with digital tools to transform non-voters into active participants in civic life.

Whittier Latino Coalition will delay voting rights lawsuit

In a combative letter, the group's attorney accused the city of seeking unnecessary delays, but agreed to wait for results of a new study of voting patterns.

Prop 8 update: Gay marriage opponents ask court to deny licenses (PDF)

Despite last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the sponsors of Proposition 8 continue their effort to block same-sex marriage. Read their full petition here.

Whittier Latinos may use courts to seek district elections

A local group sets a July 17 deadline for the city to change its at-large elections to a district format or face a lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act.

Costly special stateouse elections draw few voters

Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties spent $2.4 million holding special elections to fill a state senate seat but only 10 percent of voters turned out.

Metro explores expanding CicLAvia-style events outside LA

The transportation agency might put $2 million a year into competitive grants for other cities and unincorporated areas to put on car-free events.

Prop 8 supporters to continue efforts to ban gay marriage

Battle may shift to states that have enacted laws defining marriage as between a man and woman. Other plaintiffs may emerge to challenge Prop 8's demise.

City gives monument status to former WWII detention center

One acre of what is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course will commemorate the former WWII-era Tuna Canyon Detention Station.

Calderon brothers raising money for 2014 campaigns

Tom and Charles Calderon have fundraising committees, but their plans may be affected by an FBI investigation into Ron Calderon, who's eyeing a return to the Assembly.

Donors in 2009 mayor's race fined for laundering donations

Two individuals who reimbursed others' donations to Antonio Villaraigosa's 2009 campaign were ordered to pay fines for campaign money laundering.

Update: School officials recall John Zawahri's weapons fetish

A school board member says police found materials to make pipe bombs when alleged Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri was in high school.

Were guns used in Santa Monica shooting legally owned?

As weapons used to kill five individuals are examined at a crime lab, questions remain about where John Zawahri got the weapons and whether they were legal.