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 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

Price tag spikes for busway option to close 710 freeway gap

Bus lines between Pasadena and Alhambra would cost more than earlier estimates; and a tunnel would cost billions. Other options: speeding street traffic, light rail.

Skid Row shooting victim ID'd; former accomplice remembers him

The L.A. County Coroner has identified the man known as "Charley S. Robinet" as Charly Leundeu Keunang. His partner in a 2000 bank robbery talks about Keunang, who died in an officer involved shooting.

Locals may get dibs on LA's biggest construction jobs

A pilot program lifts a longstanding ban on local hiring preferences for federally-funded transportation construction. The change comes amid a building boom in L.A.

KPCC expert's advice to new LA Marathon runners: Fight 'Taper Madness'

13,000 first time marathoners might be suffering from a syndrome called Taper Madness. Our expert says, "You'll do fine. Stick with the program."

Fresh-paved LA streets go unstriped for weeks

The city was paving more miles of streets, but it lacked the equipment and staff to paint lane lines. A city committee recommends a $2.8 million interim fix.

Why LA won't be fixing your sidewalk anytime soon

Los Angeles hasn't had a citywide residential sidewalk repair program since 2009. It only fixes sidewalks outside city-owned buildings - and even those are behind.

No injuries as train hits empty car in Ventura County

In the latest crash, two people abandoned their compact car before the train ran into it. It was badly damaged and lying on its side after the wreck, according to fire officials.