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
JetBlue has paid more than $4 million in noise violation fines since 2003. That money goes to the nonprofit Long Beach Public Library Foundation.
L.A. DWP welders used old-school math and measurements taken with string to fabricate replacement parts for a massive broken pipe for which no blueprints existed.
The flood highlights DWP's case to raise water prices to pay for proactive pipe replacement, but it also raise questions about the utility's repair priorities.
The closure will force motorists seeking to use I-10 to travel between California and Arizona to go hundreds of miles out of their way to Interstate 8 to the south or Interstate 40 to the north.
Lightning forced beaches to close and knocked out power to thousands. A plane was struck at takeoff from LAX. Firefighters are keeping watch in the burn zone.
Cool, wet weather has helped firefighters keep fires near Baldy Mesa and Wrightwood from spreading. The threat of lightning strikes remains.
Nobody was harmed when three Long Beach underground power vaults exploded, but deaths and injuries have occurred in prior blasts
The number of customers without power in downtown Long Beach was down to about 2,700 homes and businesses Thursday afternoon.
Two big water industry groups oppose a bill to require public and private water agencies to submit annual reports on water lost to leaks and breaks in their pipes.
The July 29, 2014 pipe break at Sunset Blvd. flooded the campus, ruining the just-renovated basketball courts and destroying hundreds of cars in underground lots.
The community will have about four months to review and debate the higher new rates before the Department of Water and Power board votes.
The agency says it needs to raise an additional $270 million a year from its business and home customers to update the power grid and water system.
The Mexico-to-Canada trail got major screen time in the film "Wild" but a segment in the San Gorgonio Wilderness area burned and is off limits indefinitely
Stymied by the city's unwillingness to undertake sidewalk repairs, Councilman Bernard Parks has used his office's discretionary funds to speed repairs.
The Lake Fire is hurting a tourism industry already dinged by a snowless winter. Reservations have been cancelled, and attendance is low at Big Bear establishments.