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

Former Compton mayor faces new conflict of interest charge

Omar Bradley already served time on a charge that was thrown out, so a conviction on the new allegation cannot result in further incarceration.

Which California city pays the highest average salary?

LA? San Francisco? Would you believe Vernon? The small industrial city in LA County pays its employees an average of $98,000 each.

New Census tool enables neighborhood comparisons

The map-based smart phone app and web page shows basic demographic statistics such as income and education for census tracts.

Assemblyman: Let public take DIY approach to drafting a bill

Do-It-Yourself, says Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, promising to introduce the eventual consensus draft on probate law as legislation.

Sriracha 30-day delay in shipping due to state health review

Huy Fong Foods agreed to the hold requested by the California Department of Public Health after the company changed its manufacturing process.

LA River duck boats could showcase city's historic bridges

LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge says the land-water vehicles would only use the concrete-paved river bottom to take tourists on an unusual trek.

Update: Republican runner-up calls off recount in Valley Assembly race

Susan Shelley, who fell 329 votes behind Democrat Matt Dababneh in the 45th Assembly District special election, is questioning the county's count.

Voting: Whittier residents ask court to cancel election

They oppose the city council's decision to hold at-large elections in April, a format they say dilutes the voting power of the Latino majority.

Monterey Park emergency alert: False alarm reveals flaw in system

If you got the accidental alert from the small San Gabriel Valley city on Wednesday, you may be wondering what the heck happened. The answer is complicated.

Hawthorne's first black mayor is also its youngest

Chris Isaac Brown, 32, is a relative newcomer to Hawthorne, a South Bay city with a Latino majority. He unseated incumbent Danny Juarez.

Palmdale ordered to hold new municipal elections

The order applies to every member of the City Council and is meant to resolve charges that the Los Angeles suburb discriminates against black and Latino voters.

San Bernardino: Portrait of residents of a problem-plagued city

The city's youth and poverty often define it in the public consciousness, but some see opportunity in the community's civic and social chaos.

Turkey Trot LA highlights downtown's homey evolution

It's a sign of downtown's increasing gentrification that it has new fitness events to go along with new restaurants and stores.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot: Newest running event is in Downtown LA (map)

Cooking, eating and football aren't the only Thanksgiving traditions. It's also the biggest holiday for runners to take to the road.

5 San Gabriel Valley cities explore fire service merger

Each of the five departments — Alhambra, San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park and South Pasadena — would retain their own identities but share management duties.