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
An upcoming special session will see the Legislature debating again whether to increase the state gas tax and vehicle license fees to raise billions for road repairs.
Rising ocean temperatures and diminishing tradewinds auger for a strong and stormy El Nino winter, but rain is not guaranteed
A bill on governor's desk would require water providers to file reports showing what's at risk in a big earthquake and a plan to reduce vulnerability
FAA and Los Angeles World Airports grants have paid to reduce jet noise in more than 18,000 homes in the LAX flight path with soundproofing.
The utility already inspected 300 downtown power vaults, but California state regulators want a more extensive examination of Edison's Long Beach system.
The Council incorporated some financial oversight measures in its approval for L.A. to pursue being a host city for what would be its third Olympics
The order to perform additional inspections came late Tuesday, a day after yet another outage cut power to hundreds of homes and businesses Sunday afternoon.
The Council appears poised to sign off on L.A.'s effort to compete for the games while exercising added oversight over deals the local organizing committee enters.
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.