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

Backers of pension initiative cleared to collect signatures

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed says he'll confer with other proponents to decide whether to accept changes made by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Anaheim City Council settles Voting Rights Act lawsuit

Voters will be asked in whether to expand the council and elect members by district. Right now members are chosen at-large.

Behind the battle to preserve LA's historic Lummis Home

The home that was an early LA cultural center is cracking apart. Now the city seeks a new caretaker for the hand-built mini-castle that overlooks the Arroyo Seco.

Backers trash legal pot initiative over language goof

Grammar sticklers know there's a difference between "may not" and "shall not." Drafters of a state initiative to legalize pot now have to resubmit their proposal.

Rail yard along LA River may become city's next park

Much of the old Union Pacific Railroad yard became the Rio de Los Angeles State Park. The city of LA is trying to buy the remaining riverside 44-acres

Judge tells San Jose it cannot cut workers' pensions, only their pay

The decision may help shape the strategies that the bankrupt San Bernardino and other budget-stressed California cities take as they confront rising retirement costs.

Badwater and other Death Valley endurance sports on hold

The U.S. Parks Service won't issue permits for cycling and running events until it settles on new safety rules on Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and other races.

Casino charter buses passed recent inspections

It will be some time before inspectors know if factors other than weather contributed to two crashes this week, one of which took the life of a Van Nuys woman.

Downtown LA streetcar project gets new boss

Project management firm URS will come up with an independent cost estimate. Right now, some fear the four-mile trolly could top $300 million.

Former Compton mayor faces new conflict of interest charge

Omar Bradley already served time on a charge that was thrown out, so a conviction on the new allegation cannot result in further incarceration.

Which California city pays the highest average salary?

LA? San Francisco? Would you believe Vernon? The small industrial city in LA County pays its employees an average of $98,000 each.

New Census tool enables neighborhood comparisons

The map-based smart phone app and web page shows basic demographic statistics such as income and education for census tracts.

Assemblyman: Let public take DIY approach to drafting a bill

Do-It-Yourself, says Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, promising to introduce the eventual consensus draft on probate law as legislation.

Sriracha 30-day delay in shipping due to state health review

Huy Fong Foods agreed to the hold requested by the California Department of Public Health after the company changed its manufacturing process.

LA River duck boats could showcase city's historic bridges

LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge says the land-water vehicles would only use the concrete-paved river bottom to take tourists on an unusual trek.