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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
In January, Republicans had a majority of seats on the air quality board and used it to oust the agency's director. But Democrats could be in the majority soon.
Voters lined up before polls opened to cast their ballots before work. Some polling places faced longer-than-usual lines, and a handful reported voting delays because of technical problems.
If approved, construction of the new terminal would cause few disruptions to travelers. The old one would remain in operation until the new one is finished.
The two state agencies overseeing an outside firm's investigation of last year's Porter Ranch well blowout say talk of a delay is news to them.
In a Democratic San Gabriel Valley district, a conservative Republican with name recognition has a good chance of helping Republicans snag a key state Senate seat.
But three local politicians say "not so fast." Before the field reopens, they want to know why one well ruptured, causing a massive leak of natural gas.
The two cities will contest the environmental assessments that concluded the new flight routes would not significantly increase noise over homes.
The refinery agrees in principle to upgrade its local power supply. That could keep it online during local blackouts, avoiding the need to flare off excess toxic gas.
The city has a longstanding policy of fixing good streets and leaving the bad, but a new material made of ground up tires could be an interim repair.
The region's energy security, its trust in its gas provider, and relationships among neighbors have been altered by the nation's largest natural gas leak
The $4 million deal prosecutors cut with SoCal Gas cut out residents' claims for restitution, their lawyer says. They are challenging the agreement.
Two companies that sell aviation fuel, rent hangar space and operate flight schools complained to the FAA that the city was illegally trying to oust them.
Startup companies can rent inexpensive workspace and meeting rooms and get access to a network of experts at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.
New flight paths in and out of Southern California airports will produce some winners who get less noise and some losers who will get more.
A new state law transfers control over freeway-facing billboards to the city, putting City Council members in charge of the local scenery