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
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.
The council's decision on whether Councilman-elect Chin-Ho Liao may take office is expected May 6 after hearings on whether he legally lives in the city.
In contrast with past L.A. mayoral elections, the big independent money is coming from city unions in support of Controller Wendy Greuel.
Students are being allowed back into dorms, though the campus is closed. The school closed at noon and was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in.
Voters rejected three-time incumbent Mayor Eric Perrodin, so the runoff will pit newcomer Brown against former mayor Bradley.
The women's political advocacy group endorsed the city controller for mayor last month and has followed up with funding for an independent committee.
It's the PAC with the long name: 'Lots of People Who Support Eric Garcetti for Mayor 2013.' It's spending millions on direct voter contact, especially with Latinos.
Both candidates in the runoff for the First District City Council seat will face off in two hour-long debates — first in English, then in Spanish.
The nation's largest voting jurisdiction is building a new system from scratch, starting with ideas from the public and designers worldwide.
James' support could help with conservative voters, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, but Garcetti reportedly won't get hoped-for backing from President Obama.
Ron Galperin's campaign alleges an illegal collaboration between rival Dennis Zine and a PAC supporting him.
Chin Ho Liao, who placed second in the recent election, was barred from taking the oath of office as the council investigates his residency.
From sidewalk and pothole fixes to crime and jobs, First District residents look to L.A. council candidates for quality of life improvements.
Former state legislator Gil Cedillo falls about 400 votes short of avoiding a runoff for the First District City Council seat against runner-up Jose Gardea.