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

Ultra Mom takes on grueling 100-mile trail race challenge

Martine Sesma, an ultrarunner with a short history in the sport, dropped out of last year's race but she came back in hopes of finishing this year's Angeles Crest 100

Lingering leak woes: 'An extraordinary number of lawsuits' for SoCal Gas

Although the Aliso Canyon storage field has resumed limited operations, ongoing litigation and regulatory costs dog the company.

LADWP sloshes in surplus water while others still feel drought

Water coming into LA city faucets from the Eastern Sierra is plentiful, but for some water users who depend on groundwater, effects of the drought linger.

LA County says regulators ignored seismic risk at Aliso Canyon

The county quotes a onetime overseer of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field who warned SoCal Gas the wells were vulnerable to being sheared off in an earthquake.

Porter Ranch residents react to state’s decision to reopen Aliso Canyon gas facility

Two state agencies cleared the Aliso Canyon gas storage field to resume operations on Wednesday, while the same afternoon Governor Jerry Brown called for it to eventually close.

As state clears gas field to reopen, governor calls for it to close

The gas field has been barred from new injections of gas since the a gas well ruptured in October 2015.

SoCal Gas pushes back on new gas safety demands

In a lawsuit, SoCal Gas Co. asks a federal judge to stop Los Angeles County and the state's workplace safety agency Cal/OSHA from enforcing new rules.

Transformer behind DWP blackout was set for replacement

The transformer caught fire possibly because of Saturday's high heat. It was more than 40 years old and due for replacement soon.

A community scarred by fire slowly returns home

The Erskine Fire burned at least 285 homes, most in the mobile-home community of South Lake, near Lake Isabella. Displaced residents camped out for months.

County approves new permit for Chiquita Canyon Landfill

Five local organizations had appealed the expansion of the landfill in the Santa Clarita Valley, but the county is running short on landfill space.

3 ways to get your LA sidewalk repair done faster

Disabled people who need sidewalks fixed can trigger more extensive repairs that can benefit their whole neighborhood. Rebates and council referrals also help.

Running to recovery in 'Skid Row Marathon'

An L.A. Superior Court Judge started a running club that includes recovering addicts and others who have appeared before his bench. Their story is told in a new documentary.

Pollution fines could be spent on refinery air monitors

An advisory board recommends spending $2.2 million on an air monitoring system for three years, and about $600,000 upgrading Torrance's alert system

LADWP delays new power plants to consider greener options

Plans to build two natural gas-fired plants near Dockweiler Beach are on hold while a study of other options using renewable energy is conducted.

LA County could see a new tax for water projects

Stormwater management projects to funnel rainwater underground instead of out to the ocean could be funded with a new parcel tax.