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

(Map) Where to view or volunteer for Rose Parade float decorating

Use our guide to find some of the small-town hand-built floats and details on volunteering do's and don'ts. Hint: Dress warmly. Bring food.

Campaigns mine Twitter, Facebook & other social media for votes

When you "like" a politician's page, strategists match your Facebook persona or Twitter name to your actual voter registration record.

Obama: Got more L.A. County votes than in all of NJ

What does it mean when a single California county casts more pro-Obama votes than 42 states? It means we're really big. Duh.

Labor of Love: Volunteers needed to perform county weddings

A cadre of trained volunteers perform most county civil ceremonies. County offices have added extra volunteers and wedding hours on 12-12-12.

Update: SoCal port strikers resume negotiations

Ships are still at bay, as opposing parties in the L.A. and Long Beach port strikes continue contract talks Sunday.

LAPD investigates quadruple homicide in Northridge

Police found the four victims lined up, prostrate on the walkway of a large house. They are still working to identify those killed.

Katy Perry to be guest of honor at concert for suicide hotline

The Trevor Project takes its name from an Oscar-winning short film about a boy who attempts suicide after his rejection from a boy he loves.

World AIDS Day honored in Lincoln Park with The Wall/Las Memorias

The Wall/Las Memorias is a combined work of architecture, landscaping and a mural that commemorates Latinos whose lives were shortened by AIDS and HIV.

Bloom retains lead, plans to take oath as Assemblyman

Weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom considers his lead unbeatable in the close race to unseat Assemblywoman Betsy Butler.

Thousands expected at annual clothing giveaway

Hundreds of volunteers help distribute about 85,000 items of donated clothing to needy people. Social service agencies will also be on hand to offer help.

Bloom claims victory in Westside Assembly race

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom claims victory in the Assembly race against incumbent Betsy Butler. Thousands of mail-in and provisional ballots slowed the count.

Updated count boosts Bloom's lead in Westside Assembly race

The Santa Monica mayor leads the incumbent Assemblywoman by less than one percent of the 181.000 votes tallied so far.

CalPERS challenges San Bernardino on pension plan debt

The Inland area city has been missing more than $1 million per month in payments, using the money instead to make payroll and provide services.

Tight vote count continues for Westside Assembly seat

The Santa Monica mayor has a 888-vote advantage over the Assemblywoman in the contest between Democrats. The next update is Wednesday.

Cracking L.A.'s ceiling on mayor's race spending

A GOP strategist plans to raise $4 million to independently support a mayoral candidate, spending that would also lift limits on other hopefuls.