Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

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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

First Person: Anne Hars finds a community for her brain-damaged husband

Anne Hars' husband had a serious car accident that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Her struggle to help him was eased when she found a community of support.

Onetime foes now back statewide plastic bag ban

State Senators Kevin de Leon and Ricardo Lara opposed a previous bill to ban single-use plastic bags, but a provision to retrain workers has them now on board.

Santa Monica battles FAA for right to control airport land

The FAA claims a 1948 deed calls for keeping the property perpetually in use as an airport, but the city argues it should have control over its real estate.

Colby Fire: Feds charge 3 men with felony fire-setting

A court affidavit says the men told police the fire that got out of control was the second they started during their overnight stay in the forest.

Chief Justice says Brown's budget leaves courts substandard

California's top judge, Tani Cantil-Sakauwe, presented her own three-year plan to restore funding to the nation's largest court system.

Long Beach has a crowded ballot for mayor

The field includes a termed-out Assembly member, two current council members, a community college board member and assorted businesspeople and activists.

McLeod's cash stash spurs questions about re-election

The first-term Democrat Congresswoman from the Inland Empire won't say if she's considering a run for San Bernardino County supervisor.

Backers of pension initiative cleared to collect signatures

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says he'll confer with other proponents to decide whether to accept changes made by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Anaheim City Council settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit

Voters will be asked in whether to expand the council and elect members by district. Right now members are chosen at-large.

Behind the battle to preserve LA's historic Lummis Home

The home that was an early LA cultural center is cracking apart. Now the city seeks a new caretaker for the hand-built mini-castle that overlooks the Arroyo Seco.

Backers trash legal pot initiative over language goof

Grammar sticklers know there's a difference between "may not" and "shall not." Drafters of a state initiative to legalize pot now have to resubmit their proposal.

Rail yard along LA River may become city's next park

Much of the old Union Pacific Railroad yard became the Rio de Los Angeles State Park. The city of LA is trying to buy the remaining riverside 44-acres

Judge tells San Jose it cannot cut workers' pensions, only their pay

The decision may help shape the strategies that the bankrupt San Bernardino and other budget-stressed California cities take as they confront rising retirement costs.

Badwater and other Death Valley endurance sports on hold

The U.S. Parks Service won't issue permits for cycling and running events until it settles on new safety rules on Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and other races.

Casino charter buses passed recent inspections

It will be some time before inspectors know if factors other than weather contributed to two crashes this week, one of which took the life of a Van Nuys woman.