Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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Sharon McNary is a correspondent for Southern California Public Radio covering infrastructure. 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

LADWP will be giving water away, but not to its customers

The city's water agency doesn't have enough storage to hold all of the Sierra snowmelt expected to flow south via the L.A. Aqueduct later this year. The Metropolitan Water District has agreed to accept the excess.

Attention drivers: Your gas tax and car fees are set to rise

State lawmakers approved a bill this week to add a new gas tax and higher vehicle registration fees to fund road repairs and new construction.

Devil's Gate Dam project halted by judge

Los Angeles County's plan to dig millions of cubic yards of dirt from behind the dam is halted until officials respond to habitat and air quality issues.

Record snowpack could flood LA Aqueduct and Owens Valley

Major snowfalls brought drought relief, now LADWP must deal with snowmelt that could flood the Owens dry lake and communities along the 200-mile LA Aqueduct.

Trump budget: Kill agency investigating Torrance refinery blast

The Chemical Safety Board investigates accidents and issues recommendations on how they might be prevented in the future. It's been criticized for working too slowly.

California bill seeks voter end to Daylight Saving Time

State voters enacted the time shift 68 years ago. Now a bill in the state Legislature could ask voters if they want to keep Pacific Standard Time year-round.

Everyday utility gas leaks outpace Porter Ranch blowout

A state study says leaks in California's gas distribution system, from meter leaks to big pipe leaks, put more methane into the atmosphere in a year than the massive Aliso Canyon leak did in four months.

LA County seeks to delay reopening Aliso Canyon gas field

Southern California Gas Company was close to completing safety requirements to resume injecting gas into the underground field, but the county lawsuit seeks to stop it.

Today's Election Day. Here's what you need to know.

Los Angeles County voters will decide on a sales tax for homeless services. In L.A. city, the mayorship, eight council seats and several measures are on the ballot.

AQMD approves new smog-cutting plan

The plan aims to cut smog by more than 50 percent over within ten year period.

SoCal Gas-AQMD Porter Ranch settlement finalized

The utility and air quality agency completed the deal that drew objections from an independent air hearing board over the small size of the health study.

Boosting Torrance's clout over the refinery

Newly strengthened provisions of California's toxic spill law allow cities to require refineries to evaluate their technology and identify safer alternatives.

Torrance city defends deadly refinery chemical that others want banned

A City Council workshop Tuesday will include a city fire official making the case that MHF, as used at the Torrance Refinery, is safe.

Rift divides top air quality regulators

The chair of the AQMD's governing board complains they hire and pay members of a hearing board that enforces air rules but has no power to remove those members.

Authorities respond to small explosion at Torrance refinery

There were no evacuations or injuries as a result of this explosion, which came exactly two years after the explosion at the refinery that was so massive it registered as a magnitude-1.7 tremor.