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
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.
Superivsor Hilda Solis says a massive environmental report on extending the 710 Freeway north has too little information on health risks for East L.A. residents
New digital signage that could be hung on LAX parking structures, terminals and bridges can't go up until design guidelines are in place
Digital and flat signs taking up an area of more than four football fields laid end-to-end could be put up at LAX under a proposed sign district
It's just as you suspected as you hit a pothole. The city's road repair policy is intended to keep good roads from going bad, but the bad ones are goners for now