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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
Where to get sandbags, sign up for emergency alerts and monitor storm conditions near the Thomas Fire and other burn areas.
The closure and cancellation of gas-fired power plants comes amid a California power glut and improvements in battery storage. But gas isn't over.
This is Trump's first visit to the state as president. It comes as the Trump administration battles California over its refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Officials are looking to avoid the 100 or so power disruptions that have occurred at the airport since 2013. A new power station with underground lines would exclusively serve LAX.
A city controller's audit says nobody was put in charge of turning requests for accessible parking spaces into actual parking spaces.
That figure is likely to climb as some 370 lawsuits by more than 45,000 plaintiffs are pending against SoCal Gas from the 2015 gas leak near Porter Ranch.
SoCal Gas has reduced supplies to local power generators like LADWP as it withdraws gas from the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility.
The well casing was corroded deep underground. SoCal Gas made repairs to casings of at least 20 of its aging wells before returning them to service.
SoCal's largest water importer looks to revive a plan to shore up the region's water supplies by reconfiguring diversions from NoCal.
Department of Water Resources officials trekked to the mountains Thursday to check the snow depth, one gauge of the state's water supply. Snow levels are about one quarter of normal.
Santa Barbara County officials tested the mud that flowed through Montecito neighborhood, finding concerning levels of bacteria and hydrocarbons.
The newspaper's dillema: Print ads dwindle at traditional "papers of record" like the L.A. Times, but online revenues aren't enough to keep newsrooms robust
Thank the torn out lawns, low-flow toilets, super efficient washing machines and smart sprinklers for saving more than 1 million acre feet, according to the Metropolitan Water District.
Proposed new rules could waive some development fees and open burned parcels for RV living while some 500 homes are rebuilt.
Over the past year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has examined ways to make two refineries that use hydrofluoric acid safer.