Sharon McNary

Infrastructure Correspondent

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Sharon McNary is a correspondent for Southern California Public Radio covering infrastructure. 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

Super Scooper planes return to fire duty in LA County

This is the 19th year Los Angeles County has leased the larger water-dropping planes.

Williams Fire now burning well over 4,000 acres (Updated)

Firefighters hope to take advantage of cooler temperatures, higher humidity and dying winds tonight to battle the fire still burning in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Social media reacts harshly to Ryan marathon gaffe

Veep nominee Paul Ryan told conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt he ran a sub-three-hour marathon. He was off by an hour and is taking flak from runners on social media.

Despite low cash flow, Compton not broke, manager says

New city manager says "everything's not rosy" but the city has the advantage of having workers' pension and health care costs covered by longstanding parcel tax.

Why reporters are drawn to liquor stores after earthquakes

During an earthquake swarm that brought power outages and knocked trailer homes off foundations, a reporter scours Brawley to document damage.

KPCC wants your politics coverage questions!

As election season draws close, KPCC political reporters want to know what to know your thoughts, and what you'd like to know about.

Gov. Brown declares 'Space Day' while lauding JPL Mars team

He also called the NASA JPL space program, "The moral equivalent of war," because its existence stimulated American advances in science, engineering and productivity in the same way that World War II did in California.

US Forest Service: Helicopters to fight fires at night

The U.S. Forest service will resume night firefighting flights by water-dropping helicopters in Southern California, the first since 1983.

Paul Ryan follows just one Twitter account

KPCC's politics reporter, Sharon McNary decided to follow former Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan on Twitter. She had no idea where it would lead her.

How Will Ferrell's political farce drew on Sarah Palin drama

Director Jay Roach mines real-life political drama — sexting, attack ads, shotgun accidents, etc. — in his new comedy with Will Ferrell versus Zach Galifianakis.

Conviction overturned for former Compton mayor

An appeals court has overturned the 2004 criminal conviction of former mayor Omar Bradley for the misuse of public funds.

Short-term plan defers $12 million in city spending

San Bernardino City Council tells city staff to defer paying big bills to free up $12 million for payroll, retirement costs.

San Bernardino plan cuts $11 million in spending

To get through September, the city will defer paying rent, bills, continue employee salary cuts, suspend new purchases and construction projects.

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, dies at 61

Ride was a Ph.D candidate at Stanford when she answered an ad to become a NASA astronaut. She died in La Jolla, California after a battle with cancer.

San Bernardino headed to bankruptcy

The San Bernardino City Council declared Wednesday that it faced a fiscal emergency and voted 5-2 to file for bankruptcy within 30 days.