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

LA gives trash haulers exclusive turf in 7-way split

The era when four dozen trash haulers compete for commercial clients is over. Soon just seven companies will be cutting up the L.A. garbage pie.

Surprise sewer break accelerates other repairs in the pipeline

The 87-year-old sewer that collapsed, sending millions of gallons of sewage into the L.A. River, failed two years before it was to be repaired.

Turf wars: Local schools got problematic artificial grass

More than 70 local schools, parks and private playgrounds got artificial turf that a lawsuit says deteriorated long before its warranty expired.

LA Supervisor Sheila Kuehl appears headed to air quality board

The liberal supervisor would replace conservative Supervisor Michael Antonovich on the AQMD board, potentially tilting the agency away from business-friendly regulations.

What California could build with Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure plan

Big questions remain about whether the Trump plan to privatize infrastructure construction would build what California really needs.

Judge approves plea deal in Porter Ranch blowout

Porter Ranch residents went away empty-handed after trying to derail the plea deal and obtain restitution from SoCal Gas.

LA County DA's office defends $4 million SoCal Gas leak plea deal

Attorneys representing Porter Ranch residents displaced or injured by the massive natural gas leak say the plea deal should include victim compensation.

Black Friday hike continues as a tribute

Phil Kent died two months ago of pancreatic cancer but 30 of his friends keep his memory alive by hitting Griffith Park's trails.

On Thanksgiving, a new dad is grateful he can hold his triplets

For 12 hours each day, he employs skin-to-skin contact so his premature babies can feel the rhythm of his heart.

Canine commode and other perks at SoCal's smaller airports

How about an app that shows how many parking spaces are left near your terminal? Or a cup of coffee while you wait for your bags?

Consumer advocates seek interest for overbilled DWP customers

Consumer Watchdog says customers should get 4 to 10 percent interest on top of any refunds they received from a class-action lawsuit. DWP says it's not cost-effective.

LAUSD board backs shutdown of Aliso Canyon gas field

Two Porter Ranch schools closed and 1,800 students were relocated to other campuses for several months after a gas well ruptured.

Here's how LADWP intends to put solar power on low-income homes

Homeowners who qualify could receive $360 in power bill credits for letting DWP put solar panels on their roofs; renters could lock in lower power rates.

New energy saving program targets low-income renters

The PUC changes rules to speed up the process of installing energy-efficient appliances in rent-subsidized apartment complexes.

GOP majority at South Coast AQMD could be short-lived

In January, Republicans had a majority of seats on the air quality board and used it to oust the agency's director. But Democrats could be in the majority soon.