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.

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

Ask Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman

Ever wish you could ask the questions at a political debate? Here's your chance to grill the candidates for California governor.

Prisoner has trouble getting protection from recurring skin cancer

It sounds like a small thing to a free person, but merely getting a hat and the permission to wear it to protect his scalp from recurring skin cancer is an ongoing issue for Jon Andreas, who transferred to Avenal State Prison in March 2009.

Chino prisoner's wife's journal shows problems with prison medical care

Kathryn Williams of Banning closely monitors her husband’s health and intervenes with prison medical authorities to get him better care.

Prisoner's wife talks about her husband's prison cancer treatment

Teri Vanderberg of Santa Ana said a year passed between her husband Larry’s first complaint of a swelling in his ear and throat and its diagnosis as lymph node cancer that was spreading through his body. His initial requests for an exam were ignored for four months, according to her and to a summary of his care that Larry Vanderberg wrote.

Lancaster couple regret buying, selling illegal fireworks

If you’re even slightly tempted to buy or sell illegal fireworks for this Fourth of July, you might want to listen to what happened to one Lancaster couple first.

Teachers weigh career options as layoff notices proliferate

Teachers gathered in public protests and distributed leaflets at locations throughout Southern California today in response to layoff notices from budget-stressed school districts. Beyond the noise of rallies and speeches, however, teachers who responded to questions posed by KPCC are re-assessing the stability of their chosen profession.

Pressure continues for answers in LAPD fatal crash

Friends and family of a woman who died after a police cruiser ran into her car plan to gather in Venice for a vigil and march 6:30 p.m. Thursday as an official police report on the crash is expected next week. They will call for an investigation into whether the police car was speeding without lights at the time of the crash. Police have asserted that the cruiser was responding to an emergency call but was not speeding and that it had its headlights and taillights on.

Fatal LAPD crash raises questions

Friends of a woman who died of injuries she received in a crash with a Los Angeles police patrol car were expected to gather for a vigil at the crash site tonight at 8 p.m.

Personal stories of life after the economic meltdown

The past year has been hard on many in Southern California. Here are some personal stories from people in KPCC’s Insight Network of news sources.

Station Fire evacuation orders lifted

Except for 11 homes scattered in the Little Tujunga area above Pacoima, all residential evacuations ordered for the Station Fire have been lifted. Fire officials warning people to keep an eye on developments and to have a plan to leave in case conditions change.

Automated emergency call system misses mark

About 2 a.m. Monday morning, a section of La Crescenta that didn't need to be evacuated got automated calls ordering residents to leave the area.

Did robo-calls alert wrong neighborhoods?

On Twitter today, people are expressing outrage at people who got stranded at their homes after failing to heed an evacuation order, placing firefighters in a dangerous position. But this is a different story – about people who were told to leave by mistake.

Station Fire has a Facebook page

The Station Fire Facebook page appears to be a government-created page where regular people may post photos and share condolences on the deaths of the two L.A. County firefighters today.