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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
The organization that received a film permit to make the controversial movie “Innocence of Muslims” was Duarte-based nonprofit Media for Christ.
A man who identified himself as Sam Bacile says he made the film. The Associated Press found Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who has used an alias that resembles Bacile.
The Santa Monica City Council plans to debate a free speech issue Tuesday night. It’s about the ads on the sides of the city’s Big Blue Buses.
KPCC asked Southern California birder Chuck Almdale what local birds most resemble the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.
A Crenshaw High student's quest to visit the White House landed her a role as one of California's youngest delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
This is the 19th year Los Angeles County has leased the larger water-dropping planes.
Firefighters hope to take advantage of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and dying winds tonight to battle the fire still burning in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Veep nominee Paul Ryan told conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt he ran a sub-three-hour marathon. He was off by an hour and is taking flak from runners on social media.
New city manager says "everything's not rosy" but the city has the advantage of having workers' pension and health care costs covered by longstanding parcel tax.
During an earthquake swarm that brought power outages and knocked trailer homes off foundations, a reporter scours Brawley to document damage.
As election season draws close, KPCC political reporters want to know what to know your thoughts, and what you'd like to know about.
He also called the NASA JPL space program, "The moral equivalent of war," because its existence stimulated American advances in science, engineering and productivity in the same way that World War II did in California.
The U.S. Forest service will resume night firefighting flights by water-dropping helicopters in Southern California, the first since 1983.
KPCC's politics reporter, Sharon McNary decided to follow former Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan on Twitter. She had no idea where it would lead her.
Director Jay Roach mines real-life political drama — sexting, attack ads, shotgun accidents, etc. — in his new comedy with Will Ferrell versus Zach Galifianakis.