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

Obama visit strips UCI grads of festive caps and frills

A long list of the White House's items forbidden at Obama's Angel Stadium commencement speech means UCI grads and parents can't bring cameras, air horns or water.

Controller's race see-saws as ballot counting continues

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has swapped the lead in the controller's race with Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee several times.

Landlord Donald Sterling: Has he improved in 4 years since bias claims?

Years ago, Sterling paid out millions in settlements and legal fees after tenants sued, alleging violations of the Fair Housing Act. What's his record been since then?

Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer faces $10K campaign violations fine

The South L.A. legislator accepted a big loan from his girlfriend and passed it on to his 2012 campaign committee as if it were his own money.

Inland Congressional primary leaves Republican and Democrat on top

With 3,000 ballots still uncounted in San Bernardino County, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar claims to have secured second place in the top-two 31st District primary.

Whittier changes voting system but legal challenge remains

A citizens group sued to abolish the city's at-large elections that allegedly dilute Latino voting power. The plaintiffs are not satisfied with a newly approved system.

Election 2014: Low turnout blamed on complacency, ho-hum issues

A lack of big personalities and hot-button ballot initiatives on the primary ballot is part of the story behind L.A. County's dismal 13 percent turnout.

Election 2014: Despite tough fights, primary drawing few voters

Voter turnout has been trending downward in California primaries for 20 years. By midday, that trend didn't appear to be changing, despite the state's new top-two system.

Election 2014: Kashkari's $1 million leads state's self-funded candidates

Sixteen state candidates invested at least $100,000 of their own money in hopes of buying enough ads and campaign help to get into the November runoff.

Election 2014: Where to drop off that mail-in ballot you haven't mailed yet

Registrars offices will accept your mail-in ballot in person today and on Election Day. It must be in the Registrar's hands by 8 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.

Clippers: Donald Sterling files $1B lawsuit against NBA (updated)

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed an agreement with Donald Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, to be the new owner of the L.A. Clippers. But Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit against the NBA Friday afternoon.

Can a candidate's donors determine a voter's affinity?

A new website touts its ability to analyze campaign donors to identify which candidates best match your own views.

High-profile endorsements surface as election approaches

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is backing Congressional candidate Ted Lieu and County Supervisor Gloria Molina gives her support to supervisor candidate John Duran.

What is Prop 42 and why should it matter to voters?

The constitutional amendment affects citizens who need routine public documents such as a vehicle accident or code enforcement report.

LA region lags behind rest of state in mail-in votes

Tuesday is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 3 primary election. Local voters don't use the convenience as much as other Californians.