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

Some local dams could fail in an earthquake

It's the first time the state has made public its ratings of the dams it oversees. Perris and Castaic dams both have seismic safety deficiencies.

How much might 'the California Water Fix' cost LA?

A city report says the multi-billion-dollar California Water Fix would cost average ratepayers less than $2 a month, but opponents put the cost far higher.

Thousands give up control of home thermostats during a heat wave

Under a new program, Southern California Edison customers who opt into an energy savings program can let thermostat companies control their A/C

California regulators see methane spikes at Aliso Canyon

Since SoCal Gas resumed gas injections at the underground facility, airborne methane monitors have detected two spikes, triggering more monitoring.

AQMD says proof lacking that refinery chemical won't spread

The air quality agency is proposing a ban on the chemical, but the refineries that still use it oppose a ban and question the research supporting a ban.

The future of the LA Times after major shake-up

In the latest major shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, Executive Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj and his second-in-command Marc Duvoisin were abruptly fired Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Top editors abruptly ousted at Los Angeles Times

Executive Editor and Publisher Davan Maharaj and his second-in-command Marc Duvoisin were abruptly fired Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Water agencies chase billions in CA Prop 1 project money

Groundwater storage projects are proposed for Orange and San Bernardino county water agencies. They are competing for funds with some big dam projects.

LA County asks CA Supreme Court to rule on gas field reopening

Lower courts said they lacked jurisdiction to overturn state regulators who okayed reopening. The county wants extensive new safety and seismic studies done.

Long Beach looks to crack down on airport noise

Long Beach Airport managers propose steep increases in the fines airlines pay when their jets bust the city's 10 p.m. airplane noise curfew.

Railroads fined for not reporting dirty diesel trucks

For years, the railroads failed to properly report noncompliant trucks to state air regulators. They will pay a combined $1.24 million in fines.

Ultra Mom takes on grueling 100-mile trail race challenge

Martine Sesma, an ultrarunner with a short history in the sport, dropped out of last year's race but she came back in hopes of finishing this year's Angeles Crest 100

Lingering leak woes: 'An extraordinary number of lawsuits' for SoCal Gas

Although the Aliso Canyon storage field has resumed limited operations, ongoing litigation and regulatory costs dog the company.

LADWP sloshes in surplus water while others still feel drought

Water coming into LA city faucets from the Eastern Sierra is plentiful, but for some water users who depend on groundwater, effects of the drought linger.

LA County says regulators ignored seismic risk at Aliso Canyon

The county quotes a onetime overseer of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field who warned SoCal Gas the wells were vulnerable to being sheared off in an earthquake.