Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

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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

Torrance Refinery agrees on step to reduce flaring

The refinery agrees in principle to upgrade its local power supply. That could keep it online during local blackouts, avoiding the need to flare off excess toxic gas.

An experiment to smooth over LA's worst streets

The city has a longstanding policy of fixing good streets and leaving the bad, but a new material made of ground up tires could be an interim repair.

How the Aliso Canyon gas blowout continues to affect LA

The region's energy security, its trust in its gas provider, and relationships among neighbors have been altered by the nation's largest natural gas leak

Porter Ranch residents try intervening in gas leak plea deal

The $4 million deal prosecutors cut with SoCal Gas cut out residents' claims for restitution, their lawyer says. They are challenging the agreement.

Santa Monica Airport businesses challenge eviction by city

Two companies that sell aviation fuel, rent hangar space and operate flight schools complained to the FAA that the city was illegally trying to oust them.

LA's clean tech incubator has new downtown campus

Startup companies can rent inexpensive workspace and meeting rooms and get access to a network of experts at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.

Cities brace for more jet noise

New flight paths in and out of Southern California airports will produce some winners who get less noise and some losers who will get more.

Will downtown freeways be lit up like the Vegas strip?

A new state law transfers control over freeway-facing billboards to the city, putting City Council members in charge of the local scenery

LA's graveyard running path about to be duplicated

The rubberized track around Evergreen Cemetery was an early case study in how small changes in the built environment can pay big health and wellness dividends.

Not your typical city oil and gas watchdog

Sure, Uduak-Joe Ntuk worked in the the oil and gas industry, but he's also worked with environmental groups and been tutored by Al Gore.

Santa Monica evicts private airport operators

Two companies that rent office space, manage airplane hangers and sell jet fuel must leave in 30 days as the city plans to take over — and possibly limit — operations.

New flight paths are set to remake SoCal's airspace noise map

As satellites take over from ground-based navigation systems, today's broad flight paths will narrow — and some will get a concentrated dose of aircraft noise.

SoCal Gas hope fades to reopen Aliso gas field this summer

The company's timeline slips as regulatory approvals, a public hearing and possible objections over resuming operations remain

Gov. Brown to decide if DTLA gets big digital billboards

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago authored the bill to lift the state's ban on billboards that are visible from local freeways. It's now up to Brown to sign it into law or veto it.

California energy officials back off power outages predictions

The original predictions that the L.A. Basin could see 14 days of power outages this summer were based on some faulty premises, an independent analysis says.