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

LA property owners may have to fix their own sidewalks

Forty years ago, the city took responsibility for broken sidewalks, but now L.A.'s top manager says it's time for property owners to take it back.

Atwater oil spill: A year later, a new law and a business still closed

A strip bar was forced closed by a crude oil spill in Atwater Village. In the year since, environmental legislation has been passed that adds L.A. River protections.

Memorial Day marked by cross-city flyover of WW2 squadron

If you're hearing any loud rumbling in the sky this morning, you may be in the path of a family of vintage World War Two planes flying in tight formation over L.A. to mark Memorial Day.

Metrolink trains have anti-crash system Philadelphia trains lacked

Southern California's rail operator Metrolink has installed positive train control on some train lines, expects to meet December deadline for all.

Pedestrians vs. cars: Fight over Hyperion bridge sidewalks

A proposal to revamp Hyperion Avenue bridge would add two bike lanes but only one sidewalk. Officials said it's much better. Advocates aren't happy.

Aging infrastructure plays big role in LA City Council election

The candidates agree on this much: voters don't trust the city enough to let it borrow billions to upgrade its deteriorating water system.

Neighborhood prosecutors hold hammer while mending fences

A newly expanded cadre of Los Angeles prosecutors build relationships among residents as they focus on the little things — like dumping and abandoned homes.

DWP looking for a legal way out of paying millions to secretive trusts

Members of the DWP board question the "PR nightmare" the two nonprofits represent after an audit revealed questionable credit card and travel spending by trust administrators.

LA seeks to recruit volunteer 'scouts' to report trash buildups

The volunteers would call in reports of illegal dumping to get quick cleanups and help compile a new cleanliness index for the city.

LA city, county swap traffic info for Waze drivers' data

Thousands of Waze app users' data is being given free to Los Angeles city and county traffic managers in exchange for road condition info. How will they use it?

Plan would line LAX traffic loop with digital signs

An airport official says giant digital signs hung from LAX parking garages would be positioned so as not to distract drivers.

Public safety, cleanups in proposed LA city budget

Increased property and hotel taxes are buoying the city budget. Mayor Garcetti wants to spend it on police, special cleanups, tree-trimming and sidewalk repairs.

What's behind LA's trash can shortage

Los Angeles should have more than 1,000 city-maintained trash cans, says Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has pledged to roll out 5,000 more.

State of the City address: More cops, tech and housing

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans for "relationship-based policing," incentives to get more for tech in the city, and more travel options at LAX.

710 Extension: Get Metro to answer your questions

Public hearings over building a tunnel, light rail, busway or making traffic flow changes between Alhambra and Pasadena begin this weekend. Here's how to weigh in.