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

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.

Pilot Fire: School districts remain closed, fire grows

All Hesperia and Apple Valley schools were set to remain closed Wednesday due to poor air quality, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Pilot Fire grows to 10 square miles, evacuations ordered

A wildfire burning in the mountains between Lake Arrowhead and Silverwood Lake was about 6 percent contained late Monday.

Porter Ranch gas leak mitigation could occur outside LA Basin

Local elected officials want environmental damage be offset with local pollution reduction measures, but SoCal Gas says the work will be in the Central Valley

SoCal Gas hopes to reopen gas field that leaked by September

Company officials say only a handful of wells are necessary to resume operations -- a move that would need approval from state regulators.

Why can't LADWP hold onto its top executives?

DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards retires in two weeks, and her interim replacement will be the agency's eight GM in a decade.

Long Beach court victory could bring rail project to a halt

The new rail yard would be four miles from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, potentially reducing the number of longer truck trips hauling cargo containers.

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.