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

San Gabriel City Council decides to seat councilman-elect

Chin-Ho Liao was elected two months ago, but the City Council kept him in political limbo while weighing a challenge of his residency.

California lacks statewide online tools to help voters

A report from the Pew Charitable Trusts finds only California and Vermont offer none of the resources that are used in other states.

San Gabriel City Council to rule in residency challenge

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.

LA mayor's race: City worker unions power pro-Wendy Greuel PAC

In contrast with past L.A. mayoral elections, the big independent money is coming from city unions in support of Controller Wendy Greuel.

UPDATE: No bomb found at Cal State LA; campus still closed

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.

Compton mayor's race: Aja Brown to face Omar Bradley in June runoff

Voters rejected three-time incumbent Mayor Eric Perrodin, so the runoff will pit newcomer Brown against former mayor Bradley.

Emily's List puts $400K into pro-Greuel mayor committee

The women's political advocacy group endorsed the city controller for mayor last month and has followed up with funding for an independent committee.

Pro-Garcetti PAC focuses resources on voter contact in LA mayor's race

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.

Cedillo and Gardea to face off in bilingual debates

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.

LA County developing a voting system for the digital age (Photos)

The nation's largest voting jurisdiction is building a new system from scratch, starting with ideas from the public and designers worldwide.

LA mayor's race: Kevin James endorses Eric Garcetti

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.

City controller candidate accuses opponent of illegal action

Ron Galperin's campaign alleges an illegal collaboration between rival Dennis Zine and a PAC supporting him.

San Gabriel council seat goes vacant amid inquiry of winner

Chin Ho Liao, who placed second in the recent election, was barred from taking the oath of office as the council investigates his residency.

LA City Council: Cedillo, Gardea face runoff in District 1 over serious issues

From sidewalk and pothole fixes to crime and jobs, First District residents look to L.A. council candidates for quality of life improvements.

Final count for recent Los Angeles elections is complete

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.