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

5 San Gabriel Valley cities explore fire service merger

Each of the five departments — Alhambra, San Marino, San Gabriel, Monterey Park and South Pasadena — would retain their own identities but share management duties.

Dababneh wins San Fernando Valley Assembly seat

The win restores the Democratic supermajority in the California State Assembly, once again giving the party broad unilateral powers to pass legislation.

Former advisors to Gov. Brown request fracking ban

The governor recently signed a law requiring more disclosure and environmental studies of fracking, but it doesn't stop the oil extraction method.

Low turnout in Assembly race for Northwest Valley district

Just 173 votes separate Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley in the 45th Assembly District, where Democratic voters hold a large margin.

DWP board requests audit of union-linked nonprofits

DWP board members cut off funding to two nonprofit groups the utility runs in partnership with the union representing its employees.

President Obama, Magic Johnson are prizes in lottery

But there's a catch: If you win tickets to the Democratic fundraiser, you collect only if you and your date pass a background check.

The ATM effect: LA's the place for campaign cash

While presidential candidates spent lots of time in swing states stumping for votes, they came mostly to LA to collect campaign donations. No other county gave more.

Assemblyman Morrell to seek Emmerson's vacated Senate seat

Assemblyman Mike Morrell said he was surprised by fellow Republican Emmerson's announcement he had lost his passion for legislative work, but quickly decided to run.

City attorney and councilmember recalled in San Bernardino

City Attorney James Penman and City Councilwoman Wendy McCammack were ousted in a recall election Tuesday, but McCammack also got the most votes in the mayoral race.

Would-be candidates get a boost onto the political ladder

Groups like Emily's List among Democrats and the Republicans' Project Grow help would-be candidates learn the basics of running for public office.

Update: Calderon targeted in Hollywood bribery sting; FBI seeks leaker

The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.

Update: Judge denies attempt to close Sriracha hot sauce plant (photos)

The city sued over complaints about fumes from Huy Fong's hot chili sauce factory, but a judge has ruled it can continue operating.

Pension reform: Long Beach claims leadership in reducing risk

Workers will pay more into their pensions, and new hires will retire later with lower benefits. It may be a template for other cities with large pension burdens.

Long Beach workers will pay more into pension plans

With Tuesday's approval of four labor contracts, Long Beach claims to be the largest city in the CalPERS system to get all workers to make larger pension payments.

San Bernardino won't seek to outsource firefighting services

The bankrupt city is looking for ways to save money, but a proposal from a city council member didn't get enough votes to proceed.