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.

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

US Forest Service: Helicopters to fight fires at night

The U.S. Forest service will resume night firefighting flights by water-dropping helicopters in Southern California, the first since 1983.

Paul Ryan follows just one Twitter account

KPCC's politics reporter, Sharon McNary decided to follow former Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan on Twitter. She had no idea where it would lead her.

How Will Ferrell's political farce drew on Sarah Palin drama

Director Jay Roach mines real-life political drama — sexting, attack ads, shotgun accidents, etc. — in his new comedy with Will Ferrell versus Zach Galifianakis.

Conviction overturned for former Compton mayor

An appeals court has overturned the 2004 criminal conviction of former mayor Omar Bradley for the misuse of public funds.

Short-term plan defers $12 million in city spending

San Bernardino City Council tells city staff to defer paying big bills to free up $12 million for payroll, retirement costs.

San Bernardino plan cuts $11 million in spending

To get through September, the city will defer paying rent, bills, continue employee salary cuts, suspend new purchases and construction projects.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61

Ride was a Ph.D candidate at Stanford when she answered an ad to become a NASA astronaut. She died in La Jolla, California after a battle with cancer.

San Bernardino headed to bankruptcy

The San Bernardino City Council declared Wednesday that it faced a fiscal emergency and voted 5-2 to file for bankruptcy within 30 days.

San Bernardino council votes to speed up bankruptcy filing

San Bernardino City Council members are scheduled to vote Wednesday evening on whether to declare a fiscal emergency in the debt-riddled city.

LAUSD waited almost a year to notify state commission of Mark Berndt's suspension

The LAUSD violated state law by waiting nearly a year to inform the agency that oversees teacher credentials that it had moved to dismiss former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt accused of spoon-feeding his semen to children.

LAUSD paid $40K to settle case with Miramonte teacher

The District suspended Mark Berndt last February, and initiated steps to fire him.

Los Angeles has a tsunami plan, but are Angelenos paying attention?

When the giant earthquake and tsunami hit Japan three weeks ago, Angelenos in beach communities started thinking again about the chance that someday a tsunami could inundate our shores. Does Los Angeles have a plan if that happens, and are Angelenos paying attention?

Glitches and Glitter: Rose Parade 2011 in the books

Marchers, musicians, equestrian units and other entertainers in the 122nd Rose Parade played to enthusiastic, but chilly crowds under clear skies Saturday.

Ask Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman

Ever wish you could ask the questions at a political debate? Here's your chance to grill the candidates for California governor.

Prisoner has trouble getting protection from recurring skin cancer

It sounds like a small thing to a free person, but merely getting a hat and the permission to wear it to protect his scalp from recurring skin cancer is an ongoing issue for Jon Andreas, who transferred to Avenal State Prison in March 2009.