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.

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

Elections 2014: An open field in race for Long Beach mayor

On Tuesday, voters will choose from a diversely experienced field of 10 candidates. If none wins a majority, a runoff election will be June 3.

In the Inland Empire, a Congressional candidate returns to her roots

Republican Lesli Gooch grew up in Riverside, but has lived and worked in Washington for many years. She's hoping to succeed her former boss, Rep. Gary Miller.

How the Kuehl-Shriver endorsement battle stacks up

In the race for an LA County Supervisor seat, Sheila Kuehl has the edge over Bobby Shriver in support from labor, political groups and members of the state legislature.

André Birotte Jr. gets Obama nod for federal judgeship in LA

The current U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles has served in several public and private legal posts, including as inspector general for the L.A. Police Commission.

Campaign targets indie voters who mistakenly join Independent Party

Voters who meant to decline a party preference may have registered with the group founded by a segregationist. AIP chairman says the party's since come a long way.

2014 Election: Judge says candidate can't claim to be 'reform advocate'

State Democratic Party wins challenge, so Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur will be described as a "political involvement educator."

Indicted State Sen. Leland Yee withdraws from Secretary of State race

Because of state election guidelines, his name will still appear on the ballot. A Senate vote to suspend the Bay Area lawmaker is scheduled for Friday morning.

Leland Yee investigation: 8 shocking details from the affidavit

It's not a mob movie, but the plot enmeshing Sen. Leland Yee in gun running, offering political favors for campaign cash and other misdeeds is cinematic.

Yee indictment could affect Secretary of State contest

The Bay Area legislator just spent more than $600,000 on an ad campaign for the statewide office. His indictment could be a boon for Alex Padilla of L.A.

Elections 2014: Who's got big bucks in primary races for Sacramento seats?

Candidates have quickly hustled up money in districts with sudden vacancies, but the bigger pools of campaign cash are in districts with long-planned openings.

Board of Supervisors debate: Few fireworks as Shriver, Kuehl face off

Four candidates sparred over jail reform, foster care and campaign finance during a debate in a race for a rare open supervisor seat.

Judge won't halt Whittier city election in voting rights dispute

The April election will proceed, though the judge said the Whittier Latino Coalition has a good chance of showing at trial that voting patterns in the city are racially polarized.

Malaysia Airlines jet search shakes California customers

The airline's California flights all originate at LAX. The multiracial and religiously diverse Malaysian community around LA numbers just a few thousand

Southern California primary races to watch

Many primary races in Southern California will be easy going for well-funded incumbents. But these races promise a bit more drama.

Sky's the new spending limit in LA's Westside Supervisor race

Bobby Shriver will spend at least $300,000 of his own money for the Board of Supervisors seat, lifting contribution and spending limits for rival Sheila Kuehl and others.