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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
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.
A state study has found that other alternatives are too costly to meet California's energy needs. It noted the potential risks from earthquakes and other leaks.
Air quality regulators considering proposal to ban or reduce risk of toxic chemical at Torrance, Wilmington oil refineries
The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to meet with representatives from the Torrance and Wilmington petroleum refineries on Saturday to discuss a proposal that could ban or change their use of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) — a potentially lethal chemical if leaked.
Some trucks and drivers were positioned in advance of the storm and were reaching victims within an hour of the mudslide.
Santa Barbara County released a list with the names of the dead, who ranged from ages 3 to 89.
There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. At least 50 had to be rescued by helicopters.
There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.
With the first major storm of the season heading for Southern California, residents in the burn areas for recent major fires are preparing for potential mudslides.
Private fire crews, a service once reserved for high-end insurance clients, are increasingly being sent to less costly homes during wildfires