Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
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
An intense winter storm has pummeled the Bay Area on its way to Southern California, knocking out power, causing flight delays and prompting schools and local businesses to close.
With all precincts reporting Tuesday, Isadore Hall, a Democrat from Compton, had 55 percent of the votes. His closest rival in the four-candidate field had 26 percent.
A massive fire Monday destroyed a still-under-construction apartment complex along the 110 freeway, damaged the LADWP headquarters, and shut portions of two major freeways.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works' network of storm channels has captured more than 1.4 billion gallons of the muddy wet stuff by midday Wednesday.
The Ghost Bike Foundation strips bikes, paints them white and places them at the scene of cyclists' deaths as a memorial and to remind drivers to be careful.
A late autumn rain storm has blanketed Southern California. Evacuations in Camarillo Springs have been lifted, with homes in the area spared from damage.
Three men who were convicted of causing a Los Angeles-area wildfire that forced thousands to flee have been ordered to pay $9 million in restitution.
The independent backing of a billionaire may have helped Republican David Hadley oust Democrat Al Muratsuchi from his Torrance Assembly seat.
The 135-mile footrace -- billed as the world's toughest due to brutal desert heat -- had been barred from Death Valley National Park in July
The cities were scored on their relationships to LGBT communities, their employment practices, and the extent to which LGBT workers received equal insurance coverage
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald plans sweeping changes at the scandal-tainted agency. Veterans report waiting months for care; some have died waiting.
The Republican majority takes over in January; California Democrats — including Senators Feinstein and Boxer — challenge the GOP to govern.
Democrats won outright or were poised to win highly contested Southern California seats. Still, retirements and redistricting mean a flotilla of freshmen are headed to Capitol Hill.
Former Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell won the race for L.A. County Sheriff. Meanwhile, it'll be a long night for the rivals to fill Zev Yaroslavsky's seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
Mail-in ballots are coming in at slower rates than 2012 and 2010. Low turnout elections tend to reduce the representation of young voters, and voters of color.