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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
An estimated 46 million millennials will be eligible to vote this year. We joined West Coast public radio stations to ask young voters why their vote matters.
There's mixed reaction from people involved with Boy Scouting on the release of the organization's so-called “Perversion Files,” documents that detail abuse allegations over decades.
The funeral of California's longest-serving black elected official drew a constellation of Democratic and political figures, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson
Students in the CSU and UC systems have a lot at stake in Prop. 30, including tuition refunds. If it fails, cuts in admissions and tuition increases are expected.
Current and former state legislators crowd the field of candidates in next year's Los Angeles city council races. The reason: term limits.
However, voters trust themselves to make decisions about initiatives, even though they lack basic knowledge about the state's complex issues
Mervyn Dymally, the former California assemblyman, senator and lieutenant governor who also served in Congress for more than a decade, has died.
Where Republicans and Democrats are nearly equal in numbers, nonpartisan voters rise in importance, as in one Orange County race
New registration records were set in Los Angeles County. About 220,000 in California register online, either new or renewing voting records.
Charting the political money wars -- a data wiz who works in politics helps pull back the curtain on big spending in California elections.
Researchers say low voter turnout from California's Asian-American due to lack of interest in the group from political parties.
David and Andrew Fung — the comic Fung brothers — imagine bleak futures for themselves if they let their mother refrain from voting.
The State Senator who sponsored the legislation says "This is a game-changer for our democracy"; Registration continues through Oct. 22
Riverside-area candidates for Congress' 41st District clash Oct. 3 in a live forum to follow the Obama-Romney televised debate.
Thirty-two percent of likely Asian-American remain undecided about their choice for president, which could affect results in Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia