Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
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
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
Stymied by the city's unwillingness to undertake sidewalk repairs, Councilman Bernard Parks has used his office's discretionary funds to speed repairs.
The Lake Fire is hurting a tourism industry already dinged by a snowless winter. Reservations have been cancelled, and attendance is low at Big Bear establishments.
Superivsor Hilda Solis says a massive environmental report on extending the 710 Freeway north has too little information on health risks for East L.A. residents
New digital signage that could be hung on LAX parking structures, terminals and bridges can't go up until design guidelines are in place
Digital and flat signs taking up an area of more than four football fields laid end-to-end could be put up at LAX under a proposed sign district
It's just as you suspected as you hit a pothole. The city's road repair policy is intended to keep good roads from going bad, but the bad ones are goners for now
The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by LAPD officers is relieved one of the officers' actions were found to be improper and now calls on the District Attorney to file charges.
About a dozen demonstrators gathered outside the L.A. mayor's home in Hancock Park this morning in what they said was a wake-up call for Garcetti.
Unconfirmed reports surfaced Friday that two LAPD officers would be cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man in South L.A.
The company comes under L.A.'s microscope while its own report says its spill caused $3 million in damages and emergency response costs
Residents challenged the plan to build a single sidewalk. They say it's dangerous and runs counter to a city goal to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
A year after the City Controller complained the city was undercharging utilities that dig and damage city streets, the fee may finally go up.
The strategy to spend $1.4 billion on sidewalk repairs over the next 30 years pays for residential repairs, but businesses would be on their own.
Opponents of a $5 billion tunnel connecting Pasadena and Alhambra float a new plan that would downgrade part of the 710, making it a surface street