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

Ghost cars: LAPD faked patrol stats, says watchdog agency

In at least two patrol areas, police told the LAPD's staffing computer that more officers were in the field and on duty than were actually working.

Public worker pensions can be cut in bankruptcy, judge rules

Stockton's bankruptcy plan did not propose cuts in worker pensions, but a bankruptcy judge says money set aside for pensions can be used to pay other city debts.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Reporter Sharon McNary tests the 3-foot bike rule

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with KPCC's Sharon McNary about the new law requiring California drivers to give bicyclists 3-feet of space when passing.

Follow the campaign money trail - a step by step guide

New resources became available this week to help California voters figure out who's backing ballot initiatives. But just how easy is it to follow the money trail?

Judge allows Santa Clarita to adopt unusual election system

To resolve a voting rights lawsuit, a judge ruled that city voters may cast multiple votes for the same candidate, under the little-used cumulative voting system.

Suspended lawmakers tap corporate cash for legal defense

California's trio of suspended state senators, Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright face no strict cap on fundraising for their legal defense.

Calif. housing and labor complaints will take longer to file

When California adopted an online complaints system, it dropped the automatic screening by investigators. Now that step is being added back into the process.

Sriracha plant opens factory doors to repair smelly image

Huy Fong Foods settled a dispute over chili odors bothering neighborhood residents. Now the factory's owner is offering tours and a gift shop to gain public favor.

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena to withhold part of report on police shooting

An independent report looks into the shooting death of the unarmed college student by Pasadena police officers, but the city wants to withhold portions of it from the public.

Eminem, Rihanna deliver profits and Rose Bowl controversy

Acts like Jay-Z, Beyonce and One Direction are part of a series of seven huge concerts helping the Pasadena-owned Rose Bowl mark one of its highest-grossing years.

Bell pays 'Rizzo Tax' long after officials go to prison

The city lacks major retailers to generate sales tax revenue to pay down debt following decades of corruption and to provide better services to residents.

Running 135 miles through heat and mountains for bragging rights

Nearly 100 runners set off this morning on the run of their lives, racing to cover 135 miles of desert and mountains in two days for the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon.

Controllers' recount: Perez pulls the plug

It took six days of tedious hand-counting of ballots for Perez to call off the recount. It cost at least $30,000 but won him only ten new votes.

'Toughest' race barred from Death Valley takes tougher route

The 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon adopts a new route after the National Park Service halted permits for extreme sporting events in Death Valley.