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

Long Beach vault explosion: Officials mad at Edison over outages

Edison said it would send crews to inspect vaults downtown starting at 10 a.m. and anticipates power would be back for all customers by 6 p.m., according to Long Beach police.

Long Beach Airport noise violations fund library, local nonprofits

JetBlue has paid more than $4 million in noise violation fines since 2003. That money goes to the nonprofit Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

UCLA flood: Welders fixed Sunset Blvd. pipe break with string, math and mud

L.A. DWP welders used old-school math and measurements taken with string to fabricate replacement parts for a massive broken pipe for which no blueprints existed.

UCLA flood takes a toll on LADWP's image and rate hike bid

The flood highlights DWP's case to raise water prices to pay for proactive pipe replacement, but it also raise questions about the utility's repair priorities.

10 Freeway bridge collapse: Caltrans offers alternative routes

The closure will force motorists seeking to use I-10 to travel between California and Arizona to go hundreds of miles out of their way to Interstate 8 to the south or Interstate 40 to the north.

Southern California lightning puts firefighters, pilots and lifeguards on alert

Lightning forced beaches to close and knocked out power to thousands. A plane was struck at takeoff from LAX. Firefighters are keeping watch in the burn zone.

North and Pines fires: I-15 reopens, evacuations continue

Cool, wet weather has helped firefighters keep fires near Baldy Mesa and Wrightwood from spreading. The threat of lightning strikes remains.

Watch: Underground fire causes Long Beach manhole cover to burst

Nobody was harmed when three Long Beach underground power vaults exploded, but deaths and injuries have occurred in prior blasts

Long Beach's power woes continue after electrical fire

The number of customers without power in downtown Long Beach was down to about 2,700 homes and businesses Thursday afternoon.

CA Water utilities resist proposal to report leaks, breaks

Two big water industry groups oppose a bill to require public and private water agencies to submit annual reports on water lost to leaks and breaks in their pipes.

Pipe Burst: DWP to tap insurance for UCLA's $13 million claim

The July 29, 2014 pipe break at Sunset Blvd. flooded the campus, ruining the just-renovated basketball courts and destroying hundreds of cars in underground lots.

LADWP rolls out rate increase request

The community will have about four months to review and debate the higher new rates before the Department of Water and Power board votes.

LADWP board to begin rate-increase review

The agency says it needs to raise an additional $270 million a year from its business and home customers to update the power grid and water system.

Lake Fire burns Pacific Crest Trail segment, forcing detours

The Mexico-to-Canada trail got major screen time in the film "Wild" but a segment in the San Gorgonio Wilderness area burned and is off limits indefinitely

Councilman's solution to sidewalk repairs bypasses union workers

Stymied by the city's unwillingness to undertake sidewalk repairs, Councilman Bernard Parks has used his office's discretionary funds to speed repairs.