Sharon McNary Politics Reporter
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
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.
A year after the City Controller complained the city was undercharging utilities that dig and damage city streets, the fee may finally go up.
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.
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
A stinging city audit questioned whether the Bureau of Street Services could prove it filled nearly a million potholes over three years.
Forty years ago, the city took responsibility for broken sidewalks, but now L.A.'s top manager says it's time for property owners to take it back.
A strip bar was forced closed by a crude oil spill in Atwater Village. In the year since, environmental legislation has been passed that adds L.A. River protections.
If you're hearing any loud rumbling in the sky this morning, you may be in the path of a family of vintage World War Two planes flying in tight formation over L.A. to mark Memorial Day.
Southern California's rail operator Metrolink has installed positive train control on some train lines, expects to meet December deadline for all.
A proposal to revamp Hyperion Avenue bridge would add two bike lanes but only one sidewalk. Officials said it's much better. Advocates aren't happy.
The candidates agree on this much: voters don't trust the city enough to let it borrow billions to upgrade its deteriorating water system.
A newly expanded cadre of Los Angeles prosecutors build relationships among residents as they focus on the little things — like dumping and abandoned homes.
Members of the DWP board question the "PR nightmare" the two nonprofits represent after an audit revealed questionable credit card and travel spending by trust administrators.
The volunteers would call in reports of illegal dumping to get quick cleanups and help compile a new cleanliness index for the city.
Thousands of Waze app users' data is being given free to Los Angeles city and county traffic managers in exchange for road condition info. How will they use it?