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

Board of Supervisors debate: Few fireworks as Shriver, Kuehl face off

Four candidates sparred over jail reform, foster care and campaign finance during a debate in a race for a rare open supervisor seat.

Judge won't halt Whittier city election in voting rights dispute

The April election will proceed, though the judge said the Whittier Latino Coalition has a good chance of showing at trial that voting patterns in the city are racially polarized.

Malaysia Airlines jet search shakes California customers

The airline's California flights all originate at LAX. The multiracial and religiously diverse Malaysian community around LA numbers just a few thousand

Southern California primary races to watch

Many primary races in Southern California will be easy going for well-funded incumbents. But these races promise a bit more drama.

Sky's the new spending limit in LA's Westside Supervisor race

Bobby Shriver will spend at least $300,000 of his own money for the Board of Supervisors seat, lifting contribution and spending limits for rival Sheila Kuehl and others.

High-paid school superintendent offers a pay cut to $295,000

Jose Fernandez, who leads the small Centinela Valley district, made the announcement at a meeting where the board of directors apologized for overpaying its top executive.

Marianne Williamson invokes 'better angels' in Congressional run

The bestselling author and spiritual lecturer is waging an independent campaign for Congress, and could pull votes from more traditional candidates.

Manhattan Beach mayor ups the ante on state Senate race

Amy Howorth loaned her campaign $100,000 in seed money, but she's going up against a candidate who spent more than $2 million in an Assembly race.

Convicted Sen. Rod Wright takes leave from Legislature (Updated)

Republicans tried Thursday to force a vote to expel him, but the matter was instead referred to the Senate Rules Committee; Democrat leader says residency of other members will be investigated.

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.