Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
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
A school board member says police found materials to make pipe bombs when alleged Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri was in high school.
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.
Former two-time Mayor Omar Bradley faces Aja Brown, a planning consultant. Bradley proposes a broad youth employment program, Brown wants to re-write city zoning.
Computer coders compete to create apps to improve life in LA. Winner gets $20,000 in cash and tech prizes. Boyle Heights chosen over trendy Westside tech hotspots.
Records from more than 50 religious orders will be made public by Sept. 10. The files were part of litigation already settled by the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
One of the lowest turnout voting precincts in the city sits in the shadow of the massive 105/110 freeway connector.
But an expert who has studied LA's process says the city could speed things up by counting votes at polling places.
Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.
The spending by independent groups in the District 9 race is approaching a record. The district had the lowest turnout of any council race in the March 5 primary.
Most of the money goes to the usual TV, radio and mail ads, but a significant amount is paying for a street-level person-to-person campaign.
Eric Garcetti's campaign may be saving for late ad buys, but it could be countered by independent committees that are backing Wendy Greuel.
Park Geun-hye, after visiting President Obama in Washington this week, came to Los Angeles, home to the largest community of Koreans outside her nation.
Residents have watched city parks lose a third of their budget in recent years and want the next mayor to restore recreational facilities.
Chin-Ho Liao was elected two months ago, but the City Council kept him in political limbo while weighing a challenge of his residency.
A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds only California and Vermont offer none of the resources that are used in other states.