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

Long Beach power outages: Public Utilities Commission orders Edison to investigate grid

The order to perform additional inspections came late Tuesday, a day after yet another outage cut power to hundreds of homes and businesses Sunday afternoon.

LA City Council gathers for vote on Olympic bid

The Council appears poised to sign off on L.A.'s effort to compete for the games while exercising added oversight over deals the local organizing committee enters.

Power outages plague Long Beach over a long, hot summer

Four substantial outages over two months appear to have different causes, Southern California Edison says. Heat is a factor in the latest outages

3 ways LA County is trying to hang onto storm water

For years, the L.A. County Flood Control District built structures to rush storm runoff into the sea. Now it's trying to divert much of that water underground for future use.

710 Tunnel: San Gabriel Valley cities don't want sales taxes to fund it

One tunnel opponent says the proposal, if included on a list of potential projects could sour voters on a new sales tax ballot measure next year.

Long Beach faults Southern California Edison power outage responses

Fire official says Edison reps had too little knowledge of the power grid to help city emergency responders, hampering information flow amid widening outages

LAX board approves big increase in pest control spending

The plan spends $750,000 a year — a tenfold jump over the current contract — to keep pest control workers on site around the clock.

LAX spending on pest control to increase tenfold

The airport spends $70,000 a year on exterminators who come when called. The new approach envisions having pest control workers at LAX 24/7

Edison seeks help to diagnose Long Beach vault explosions

A consultant will help Southern California Edison figure out why its downtown electrical vaults blew up, leaving thousands in the dark for days last month.

A wet winter could test some LA flood control dams

Five of 14 flood control dams in L.A. County have high levels of sediments from fire scorched hillsides. A wet winter could swamp reduced flood storage capacity.

Suspension of disbelief: We watch a pothole actually being filled in downtown Los Angeles

KPCC's Sharon McNary hangs out in downtown Los Angeles watching dozens of cars hit a pothole, until city workers fill it up.

SoCal Edison says most underground electrical vaults need repairs

After underground vaults exploded last week, Edison has inspected 300 vaults in Long Beach. It's part of a vast inspection program.

Long Beach vault explosion: Officials mad at Edison over outages

Edison said it would send crews to inspect vaults downtown starting at 10 a.m. and anticipates power would be back for all customers by 6 p.m., according to Long Beach police.

Long Beach Airport noise violations fund library, local nonprofits

JetBlue has paid more than $4 million in noise violation fines since 2003. That money goes to the nonprofit Long Beach Public Library Foundation.

UCLA flood: Welders fixed Sunset Blvd. pipe break with string, math and mud

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.