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. 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

Locals may get dibs on LA's biggest construction jobs

A pilot program lifts a longstanding ban on local hiring preferences for federally-funded transportation construction. The change comes amid a building boom in L.A.

KPCC expert's advice to new LA Marathon runners: Fight 'Taper Madness'

13,000 first time marathoners might be suffering from a syndrome called Taper Madness. Our expert says, "You'll do fine. Stick with the program."

Fresh-paved LA streets go unstriped for weeks

The city was paving more miles of streets, but it lacked the equipment and staff to paint lane lines. A city committee recommends a $2.8 million interim fix.

Why LA won't be fixing your sidewalk anytime soon

Los Angeles hasn't had a citywide residential sidewalk repair program since 2009. It only fixes sidewalks outside city-owned buildings - and even those are behind.

No injuries as train hits empty car in Ventura County

In the latest crash, two people abandoned their compact car before the train ran into it. It was badly damaged and lying on its side after the wreck, according to fire officials.

No money to put bridge at risky Oxnard crossing

Oxnard has nearly $2 million in hand to design a bridge that would lift Rice Avenue over risky railroad tracks, but it lacks the $35 million needed to build it.

Metrolink train crash: Truck driver charged with felony hit-and-run (updated)

The driver of the truck involved in a Tuesday morning collision with a Metrolink train has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with injury.

Water main break submerges vehicles in Hollywood

Crews could be in the area for hours fixing the mess — past pipe repairs in the Hollywood Hills took LADWP workers an average of 21.5 hours to repair.

Here's how port slowdown could cause higher gas prices

If refiners can't ship enough of a dirty petroleum byproduct out of the troubled ports of L.A. and Long Beach, they might have to cut back fuel production.

Work resumes at ports, but truckers say labor strife just one aspect of congestion

Mega-ships that haul six times the cargo of normal ships and chronic shortages of truck trailer chassis are also contributing to port congestion.

Election 2015: LA Council candidates spar over downtown housing

Gloria Molina and Jose Huizar disagree over building in downtown L.A. as they vie for the 14th District, which encompasses an area from Eagle Rock to Boyle Heights

West Coast ports to temporarily suspend vessel operations

Weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend. Yard, rail and gate operations will continue at terminal operators’ discretion.

McCarthy calls for federal mediation of port dispute

He said the new Republican majority in both houses creates bipartisan openings for new legislation on cyber security, reducing human trafficking and tax reform

El Monte underpass will relieve freight chokepoint

Cargo trains coming from L.A.'s ports caused traffic to stall at rail crossings throughout the San Gabriel Valley, but new grade separations are easing the jam-ups

Obama's budget to fund more light rail in LA

The Regional Connector and Purple Line projects are up for more than $330 million in federal funding, if Congress approves the president's budget.