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
Four substantial outages over two months appear to have different causes, Southern California Edison says. Heat is a factor in the latest outages
For years, the L.A. County Flood Control District built structures to rush storm runoff into the sea. Now it's trying to divert much of that water underground for future use.
One tunnel opponent says the proposal, if included on a list of potential projects could sour voters on a new sales tax ballot measure next year.
Fire official says Edison reps had too little knowledge of the power grid to help city emergency responders, hampering information flow amid widening outages
The plan spends $750,000 a year — a tenfold jump over the current contract — to keep pest control workers on site around the clock.
The airport spends $70,000 a year on exterminators who come when called. The new approach envisions having pest control workers at LAX 24/7
A consultant will help Southern California Edison figure out why its downtown electrical vaults blew up, leaving thousands in the dark for days last month.
Five of 14 flood control dams in L.A. County have high levels of sediments from fire scorched hillsides. A wet winter could swamp reduced flood storage capacity.
KPCC's Sharon McNary hangs out in downtown Los Angeles watching dozens of cars hit a pothole, until city workers fill it up.
After underground vaults exploded last week, Edison has inspected 300 vaults in Long Beach. It's part of a vast inspection program.
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.
JetBlue has paid more than $4 million in noise violation fines since 2003. That money goes to the nonprofit Long Beach Public Library Foundation.
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.
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.
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.