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

Irwindale to hold public hearing on Sriracha odor complaints

Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods says two-thirds of the 61 chili odor complaints came from just four homes near its Irwindale plant

Endorsements divide Democrats in Inland Congressional race

While much of the Democratic establishment is backing Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, some big names are endorsing a rival, attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes.

LA schools quake safety: Only 46 of 667 at-risk buildings got evaluated

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.

Indie voters have growing clout in California elections

The two major parties still dominate California rolls, but almost 21 percent of registered voters claim no party preference.

Pot measure withdrawn, 2 others still aim for ballot

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.

Rep. Negrete McLeod to leave Congress after one term (Updated)

The Democrat will instead run for the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. Her D.C. predecessor calls her a "bimbo," but then apologizes.

Beyond Jamzilla: New bridges, HOV lanes, critter crossings

One big shutdown is left for the 405 Freeway before the billion dollar project is done, leaving motorists with safer bridges, higher-capacity ramps and quicker commutes.

Inland Empire Republicans weigh the odds of a Congressional run

After GOP Congressman Gary Miller announced he will not seek re-election, possible successors are mulling how to proceed in the Democrat-heavy district.

Centinela district teachers livid at $633,000 superintendent pay

Jose Fernandez was hired in 2008 to help the small district in southwest L.A. regain financial stability. The board also loaned him $910,000 to buy a house.

Emily's List backs Wendy Greuel for Congress; Yaroslavksy not running

The PAC that supports women candidates also supported her in the mayor's race; County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky won't be one of her challengers.

2 bills would shift county special election costs to state

Sen. Norma Torres proposes reimbursing L.A. and other counties for the costs of special elections held in 2013 plus future elections.

Earthquake safety: LA school district to spend $41M on 2 Sylmar structures

The district spent $19 million retrofitting 17 at-risk buildings at other campuses, but it's poised to spend double that on two middle school buildings in Sylmar

Judge refuses to halt Whittier Latino voting rights lawsuit

The Whittier Latino Coalition and the city will be in court March 18 as a judge hears a challenge of two upcoming elections and a charter amendment.

LAUSD responds to questions of quake risk to schools

Parents can look up building projects at their schools, but a district official says publishing seismic analysis for school sites would be too confusing

City list shows schools vulnerable in an earthquake

The L.A. school district is comparing a list created by UC Berkeley researchers with its own list of structures that await seismic upgrades.