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

Councilman's solution to sidewalk repairs bypasses union workers

Stymied by the city's unwillingness to undertake sidewalk repairs, Councilman Bernard Parks has used his office's discretionary funds to speed repairs.

Lake Fire singes summer tourism in Big Bear

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.

710 Freeway extension: East LA residents want health info

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

More billboards approved for LAX but they're still years away

New digital signage that could be hung on LAX parking structures, terminals and bridges can't go up until design guidelines are in place

Council to vote on digital signs at LAX

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

L.A. Street repair policy: Fix the good, leave the bad

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

Ezell Ford family: Time for DA to 'step up'

The mother of an unarmed man shot and killed by LAPD officers is relieved one of the officers' actions were found to be improper and now calls on the District Attorney to file charges.

Protesters deliver 'wake up call' at LA Mayor's home

About a dozen demonstrators gathered outside the L.A. mayor's home in Hancock Park this morning in what they said was a wake-up call for Garcetti.

Ezell Ford update: Commission meets Tuesday to review report

Unconfirmed reports surfaced Friday that two LAPD officers would be cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man in South L.A.

Santa Barbara oil spiller being investigated in L.A. crude spill

The company comes under L.A.'s microscope while its own report says its spill caused $3 million in damages and emergency response costs

Conflict arises over plans for new Hyperion Bridge

Residents challenged the plan to build a single sidewalk. They say it's dangerous and runs counter to a city goal to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths.

Utilities may pay more to dig up LA's failing streets

A year after the City Controller complained the city was undercharging utilities that dig and damage city streets, the fee may finally go up.

Proposal would require LA businesses to repair sidewalks

The strategy to spend $1.4 billion on sidewalk repairs over the next 30 years pays for residential repairs, but businesses would be on their own.

710 Tunnel opponents float plan for new street

Opponents of a $5 billion tunnel connecting Pasadena and Alhambra float a new plan that would downgrade part of the 710, making it a surface street

LA bureau seeks $90K grant for app to speed pothole repair work

A stinging city audit questioned whether the Bureau of Street Services could prove it filled nearly a million potholes over three years.