Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

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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

LA County seeks poll workers for long day, modest pay

More than 2,500 poll workers are needed for the June 3 primary. Especially sought are people who can speak Chinese, Korean, Tagalog or other languages.

SoCal mayors on national list of young leaders to watch

Pete Aguilar of Redlands and Aja Brown of Compton are among the 40 politicians under the age of 40 who merit attention, according to the Washington Post.

Election 2014: New LA polling place kiosks speak 10 languages

The cardboard displays will debut in more than 4,600 polling places on June 3 for voters who do not speak or read English well.

Sample ballots: Just a sample of what voters need to know

L.A. County spends millions to print and mail the ballots to voters, but only a small fraction of candidates choose to pay to have campaign statements included.

Apartment building managers sue Sterling over pay

A former manager of an apartment building owned by L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling says pay was so low he needed welfare and food stamps to feed his family.

Police unions want Riverside D.A. to resign over sign-tampering drama

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach is running for re-election but he's been accused of removing a campaign sign supporting his opponent.

Feinstein backs Padilla in tight Secretary of State race

L.A. State Senator Alex Padilla got a boost when Leland Yee withdrew his candidacy, but this may still be a highly competitive race in June.

California voters can now register in 10 languages

The newly added languages are Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. But several spoken by more Californians still aren't options.

Most air traffic control job seekers fail new FAA personality test

Students at the only FAA-partnered school in Southern California that helps students prepare for careers as air traffic controllers complain about the new process.

Why did a $1 million candidate abandon Congressional race?

James Graf admires leaders who go all-in, so when he filed to run in a very competitive Westside race, he invested his own money. But then reality set in.

Money and the midterms: Who's got the most green?

Candidates had to file financial reports this week, revealing that the dash for cash is in full effect throughout California.

Who is David Kanuth and how did he raise all that money?

The attorney and former Internet entrepreneur has raised more money than most of his better-known opponents in the crowded race to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman.

State audit finds Cudahy spending was out of control

The city sought the audit after officials were charged with bribery. Results show the city lacked rules for spending and misspent millions in grants.

Elections 2014: Garcia, Dunn head to Long Beach mayor runoff

The June runoff pits educator and vice-mayor Garcia against businessman Dunn to head the state's seventh largest city.

Suspended state senators' offices still open

The names of Ron Calderon, Roderick Wright and Leland Yee can't be found on the official websites for their districts, but staffers are keeping the lights on.