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

Isla Vista shootings: Victim's father: 'She was everybody's daughter'

The father of Veronika Weiss, who was one of the victims shot near a sorority near UC Santa Barbara's campus said his daughter was a passionate student and athlete.

Bobby Shriver donates $1M to his supervisor campaign

He's pulled in nearly as much in small contributions of $300 or less, which is all he's allowed to collect after rejecting the county's campaign spending limits.

LA versus Philly: Whose Made In America lineup is best?

Kanye West and Kings of Leon in Philly versus Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in L.A. appearing in simultaneous concerts produced by Jay-Z.

LA County seeks poll workers for long day, modest pay

More than 2,500 poll workers are needed for the June 3 primary. Especially sought are people who can speak Chinese, Korean, Tagalog or other languages.

SoCal mayors on national list of young leaders to watch

Pete Aguilar of Redlands and Aja Brown of Compton are among the 40 politicians under the age of 40 who merit attention, according to the Washington Post.

Election 2014: New LA polling place kiosks speak 10 languages

The cardboard displays will debut in more than 4,600 polling places on June 3 for voters who do not speak or read English well.

Sample ballots: Just a sample of what voters need to know

L.A. County spends millions to print and mail the ballots to voters, but only a small fraction of candidates choose to pay to have campaign statements included.

Apartment building managers sue Sterling over pay

A former manager of an apartment building owned by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling says pay was so low he needed welfare and food stamps to feed his family.

Police unions want Riverside D.A. to resign over sign-tampering drama

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach is running for re-election but he's been accused of removing a campaign sign supporting his opponent.

Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

California voters can now register in 10 languages

The newly added languages are Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. But several spoken by more Californians still aren't options.

Most air traffic control job seekers fail new FAA personality test

Students at the only FAA-partnered school in Southern California that helps students prepare for careers as air traffic controllers complain about the new process.

Why did a $1 million candidate abandon Congressional race?

James Graf admires leaders who go all-in, so when he filed to run in a very competitive Westside race, he invested his own money. But then reality set in.

Money and the midterms: Who's got the most green?

Candidates had to file financial reports this week, revealing that the dash for cash is in full effect throughout California.

Who is David Kanuth and how did he raise all that money?

The attorney and former Internet entrepreneur has raised more money than most of his better-known opponents in the crowded race to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman.