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

Many SoCal Gas wells leak; air quality cops have little recourse

The AQMD can cite oil refineries and chemical plants for leaks, but state laws carved out an exception for methane leaks at gas storage fields.

SoCal Gas at odds with state over leaked-methane estimates

The amount of gas that blew out of the ruptured well matters because future methane mitigation programs will be based on that number.

Judge orders SoCal Gas to pay for Porter Ranch home cleaning

The order supports a directive from public health officials that SoCal Gas is responsible for cleaning more than 2,500 homes before ending its relocation assistance.

SoCal Gas fined $2.25 million for safety violations far from Porter Ranch

State utility regulators fined the company for delays of two years or more in fixing corrosion protection systems for gas pipelines in the Harbor and Mid-City areas.

Porter Ranch FAQ: What's in the dust from the gas well blowout

County public health officials say extensive testing of air and dust in homes turned up a low level of barium and other metals.

Porter Ranch: Barium, other metals may be behind symptoms

Officials say testing in Porter Ranch homes turned up metals that could have caused health symptoms some residents reported experiencing even after the leak was plugged.

LADWP battery plan is no quick replacement for natural gas

The utility will spend $150 million of its new rate increase on energy storage projects, including adding massive batteries to help keep power plants running.

Gas shortage-caused blackouts loom this summer

Officials from the California energy and public utilities commissions, as well as local utilities, continue to warn that gas shortages could cause power outages this summer.

31 Aliso gas wells taken offline as testing continues

SoCal Gas has tested 101 gas wells in Alison Canyon so far. Just one has gone through a full battery of tests and received state approval.

Bill requires tests before Aliso Canyon reopens

SoCal Gas says that by early August it can complete safety tests of Porter Ranch field that are specified in legislation awaiting Gov. Brown's signature.

Porter Ranch homebuyers not told of gas field until after leak

Mention of the field is now part of standard disclosure documents, but earlier homebuyers were not told they were moving next door to a massive gas field.

SoCal Gas continues risky injection method near local communities

If you think of a gas well as a straw within a straw, it's safest to move the gas through just the inner straw, but a SoCal Gas exec says they use both in Playa del Rey

Garcetti's homeless spending plan depends on developer fees

The $67 million from fees and land sales would go toward developing low-income housing, not direct homeless services. The budget still needs city council approval.

Nearly 700 Porter Ranch residents file claims against California

The residents allege they've each sustained at least $3.5 million in damages. They claim the state and the South Coast AQMD were negligent in their oversight.

Dozens of Porter Ranch homes report new smells

Air quality inspectors couldn't smell the gas, and SoCal Gas says there is no leak at its Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field near Porter Ranch.