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

Prop 8 update: Gay marriage opponents ask court to deny licenses (PDF)

Despite last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the sponsors of Proposition 8 continue their effort to block same-sex marriage. Read their full petition here.

Whittier Latinos may use courts to seek district elections

A local group sets a July 17 deadline for the city to change its at-large elections to a district format or face a lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act.

Costly special stateouse elections draw few voters

Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties spent $2.4 million holding special elections to fill a state senate seat but only 10 percent of voters turned out.

Metro explores expanding CicLAvia-style events outside LA

The transportation agency might put $2 million a year into competitive grants for other cities and unincorporated areas to put on car-free events.

Prop 8 supporters to continue efforts to ban gay marriage

Battle may shift to states that have enacted laws defining marriage as between a man and woman. Other plaintiffs may emerge to challenge Prop 8's demise.

City gives monument status to former WWII detention center

One acre of what is now the Verdugo Hills Golf Course will commemorate the former WWII-era Tuna Canyon Detention Station.

Calderon brothers raising money for 2014 campaigns

Tom and Charles Calderon have fundraising committees, but their plans may be affected by an FBI investigation into Ron Calderon, who's eyeing a return to the Assembly.

Donors in 2009 mayor's race fined for laundering donations

Two individuals who reimbursed others' donations to Antonio Villaraigosa's 2009 campaign were ordered to pay fines for campaign money laundering.

Update: School officials recall John Zawahri's weapons fetish

A school board member says police found materials to make pipe bombs when alleged Santa Monica shooter John Zawahri was in high school.

Were guns used in Santa Monica shooting legally owned?

As weapons used to kill five individuals are examined at a crime lab, questions remain about where John Zawahri got the weapons and whether they were legal.

Battle of old versus new Compton in mayor's race

Former two-time Mayor Omar Bradley faces Aja Brown, a planning consultant. Bradley proposes a broad youth employment program, Brown wants to re-write city zoning.

Hack for LA spotlights tech life in Boyle Heights

Computer coders compete to create apps to improve life in LA. Winner gets $20,000 in cash and tech prizes. Boyle Heights chosen over trendy Westside tech hotspots.

Court orders release of additional priest files

Records from more than 50 religious orders will be made public by Sept. 10. The files were part of litigation already settled by the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

LA mayor's race: Why did so few voters show up? Blame economics

One of the lowest turnout voting precincts in the city sits in the shadow of the massive 105/110 freeway connector.

LA election vote count not tardy, city official says

But an expert who has studied LA's process says the city could speed things up by counting votes at polling places.