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. 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

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.

California scores low on quality, efficiency of elections

A new national study says California has more provisional ballots that are never counted and doesn't have a system that is useful to voters.

Eric Cantor endorses GOP candidate in crowded Westside race

Elan Carr, an L.A. County prosecutor, hopes to capture the 27 percent of Republican votes in the solidly Democratic district to land a place on the runoff ballot.

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.