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

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.

SoCal Gas says homes could run short of gas this winter

A state report on energy reliability says the risk of outages will be lower in the winter. SoCal Gas calls that "overoptimistic" if the gas storage field stays closed.

LA may soften proposal to limit billboards

L.A. City Council may water down a proposal from mayor's planning commission to restrict new billboards to narrowly drawn sign districts.

Blue Cut Fire chief says evacuation holdouts had no effect

However, they did increase the risk to firefighters and the odds that more property loss could have resulted. It will take a catastrophic event to change minds, the chief said.

Dozers save Wrightwood as neighbors defy evacuation orders

One stay-behind resident watched the battle from his front porch as fire advanced. Others volunteered for sandwich making duty.

Blue Cut Fire, largely uncontained, burns toward Wrightwood

A wildfire burning out of control in the mountainous Cajon Pass was heading toward the community of Wrightwood Tuesday, U.S. Forest officials said.

LA's potholes, traffic and crashes cost drivers

We're paying less in car repairs, but sitting longer in traffic, so the premium L.A. drivers pay for bad roads is close to $3,000 per year.

Metro says ruling won't slow Purple Line tunnel under school

A judge ruled that Metro's environmental studies for tunneling under Beverly Hills High School were faulty. Metro will re-do the studies but not scrap plans for the tunnel.

One rookie firefighter's baptism by fire retardant

A new firefighter finds herself on mop-up duty on her first big fire. It's dirty, painstaking work to make sure the last bit of heat has gone from a fire's edge

State seeks public's input on its new rules for gas fields

Emergency regulations enacted for underground gas storage places like the one that leaked near Porter Ranch could become permanent after a public review.