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

2.4 million gallons of sewage spill into ocean near Long Beach

Raw sewage was flowing from a broken pipeline in downtown L.A. on Tuesday afternoon — and spilling down the L.A. River into the ocean near Long Beach.

Black Lives Matter shuns LAPD alliance embraced by The Game

The group is calling for the firing of LAPD Chief Charlie Beck at a time when he's entered a high-profile dialogue with rappers about ending gang violence.

LA reacts to attempted coup in Turkey

Mehmet Berker, the son of a Turkish immigrant, worries that the coup could help the president amass more power and erode traditional democratic institutions.

Navy failed to consider dolphin protections, court rules

The federal appeals court ruling reinstates environmentalists' legal challenge of a permit that authorities gave the Navy to use sonar around dolphins.

Witness: 'Just mad chaos' in Nice after Bastille Day attack

People fled into the streets after a truck drove into a crowd celebrating the holiday on the city's promenade Thursday evening.

LA County and SoCal Gas in court fight over gas leak cleanup

The utility has already cleaned 1,700 homes in the Porter Ranch area. It's asking a judge to void a county order to clean thousands more.

Long Beach's old City Hall parcel will be privately owned

In a public private partnership, the city agreed to let a private company finance, design, build and operate its new civic center

After Dallas, LA responds in different ways

From a Black Lives Matter art show to a Summer Night Lights basketball game, Angelenos react to the violence in Dallas with a push for social change, healing and better community relations.

SoCal Gas appeals gas leak-related safety violations

The allegations include that the SoCal Gas incident manager who oversaw the leak lacked training and didn't know how to put the company's emergency plan into action.

As drought drags on, what should happen to the Silver Lake Reservoir

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has a big challenge on it's hands. It's promised to refill the Silver Lake Reservoir once construction to reroute water distribution pipes is finished — a project that required draining the 400-million-gallon lake.

Recycled water, groundwater to refill Silver Lake Reservoir

L.A. officials had wanted to use drinking water but decided against it in light of the state's ongoing drought.

How to refill Silver Lake Reservoir in the midst of a drought

Originally, the L.A. Department of Water and Power expected to use drinking water to fill the lake, but the ongoing drought has the agency looking to other sources, like runoff or recycled water.

LA County cooling centers could heat up during power outages

Only two of the county's 95 cooling centers are wired for access to backup generators — meaning that during a power outage, those cooling centers could be hot.

Why LA's electrical grid is at greater risk this fire season

If a wildfire blocks the import of power to the L.A. Basin, it could stress power producers who are already facing a potential shortage of natural gas — their primary fuel for generating electricity.

San Gabriel Complex: Firefighters brace to protect homes; Residents prep to evacuate

Firefighters have been hampered by extremely dry and rocky terrain, sporadic wind gusts and thin staffing, as nearby crews work to extinguish wildfires throughout SoCal.