Sharon McNary Politics Reporter

Sharon McNary
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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

Garbage truck drivers among city workers considering a strike

After 9 months of unsuccessful negotiations, a 10,000-member union is taking a strike vote. A yes doesn't guarantee a walkout.

Are LA's redesigned parking signs an improvement? Take our poll

The sometimes confusing and conflicting parking signs used around Los Angeles could be replaced with simple grids that use color blocks to show when to park.

Sidewalk repairs: Here's what $1.4 billion will buy

The settlement reached yesterday in the class action lawsuit brought by disabled L.A. residents makes unprecedented resources available for sidewalk repairs.

LA to spend $1.4 billion to fix sidewalks, settling ADA lawsuit

The class-action lawsuit on behalf of L.A.'s disabled said bad sidewalks and missing curb ramps deprived residents access to the city's public pathways.

San Gabriel Valley cities clash over 710 Freeway options

Leaders from Duarte, Alhambra, South Pasadena and Glendale sparred over 710 Freeway extension at a public forum Monday.

One man's quest to quake-proof LA's water supply

Craig Davis, a top DWP engineer, found a potential solution to L.A.'s water supply risks in one of Japan's worst earthquake zones.

State bill would require water providers assess earthquake risks

Sen. Bob Hertzberg has proposed water providers do 'risk evaluations,' as a first step toward receiving $800 million in state money to reduce water supply risks.

LA mayor questions $15 billion estimate for earthquake resilience

DWP upgrades to protect the water supply in a big earthquake could cost $12 to $15 billion, but Garcetti is not embracing that estimate.

Top 5 things to know about CicLAvia: The Valley

Get the lowdown on how to get there, what to see, and how to stay safe during the first CicLAvia event in the San Fernando Valley

LA officials want to revamp how city cleans up streets

The plan would send staffers out to gauge how clean areas are and use the data to target services like street cleaning and bulky item pickups. But costs are unknown.

Murals or a bike lane? Long Beach lets residents vote

Long Beach is experimenting with participatory budgeting. Beginning March 21, any resident of North Long Beach can vote on how to spend $250,000 of city money.

Amputee, hit-and-run victim to run Los Angeles Marathon

Damian Kevitt was riding his bike through Griffith Park when, two years ago, he lost his leg in a hit-and-run crash. Now, he's running a marathon.

Could side deals grow LA's affordable housing stock?

The Unidad coalition of social justice groups negotiated with a developer to reserve 15 percent of apartments in a new highrise in South L.A. for low-income renters.

Chassis companies pool resources to ease cargo backlog at the port

A new equipment sharing agreement has freed up shipping container trailers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Water customers may see another charge on LADWP bills

L.A.'s water utility wants the City Council to create a new agency that could borrow up to $400 million and pass the cost to individual water customers