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

Aliso Canyon gas leak bill now totals $1 billion and growing

The bills for the Aliso Canyon gas well blowout continue to pile up. This week Southern California Gas Company said the cost has now topped one billion dollars. 

Record Scripps Pier water temp reflects ocean warming

It's been a summer of heat waves, but a recent record was set at a place you wouldn't expect -- the normally chilly Pacific Ocean.

'How crowded does Santa Monica beach get' — Las Vegas mass shooter researched Southern California targets

The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more at a country music concert in Las Vegas had researched Southern California targets, according to the most comprehensive report yet on his actions.

Brown says Californians must brace for fire danger brought on by climate change

Governor Jerry Brown had a dire message Wednesday on the future fire danger in California. In remarks that underscored previous warnings by fire officials, Brown said climate change has extended the fire season year-round.

L.A. City Council asks DWP to explain heat wave outage

Monday's Dodger game  had a 20-minute delay when a mylar balloon hit LADWP equipment and caused a brief outage. That’s nothing compared to the days-long power outages households sustained during a heatwave earlier this month.

Everything LA County voters need to know about the stormwater tax now on their November ballot

Here's how we got here and what a "yes" vote would approve.

LA County voters to decide on new stormwater tax proposal

Eligible Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a new land tax to fund projects that catch, treat and reuse stormwater.

California's oil/gas regulators add an enforcement arm

The state agency that regulates oil and gas in California is gaining a new enforcement arm this week, capable of issuing big new fines. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, also known as DOGGR, has often been criticized as being too close to the industry.

Father-son reunite at LAX after separated at border

A tearful Guatemalan father hugged his six-year-old after they were reunited in LA. They had crossed the border illegally and had been separated by federal agents.

Benzene in the Aliso Canyon Blowout

Porter Ranch residents who live near the Aliso Canyon gas storage field have long wanted to know what chemicals they ingested living next door to that long-lasting leak.

Conservation fatigue is real

For the duration of L-A’s big heat wave you’re going to see and hear a lot of calls for energy conservation. But will YOU comply? Or do you fall off the wagon after a few days?

For all of us, please don't crank up the AC during a heat wave

This week's hot weather can really stress the local power grid.

It takes more than firefighters to reduce fire danger

Fire departments around the L.A. area can increase staffing and reposition fire engines when it's a high alert day, but other tactics also help reduce the risk of fire. Like road closures and utilities being ready to cut off power to endangered areas where downed power lines could spark a fire.

For some vets, fireworks are no celebration

The patriotism of military veterans is part of what we celebrate when we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July. But for some vets that noise is no celebration.

LA fans of Mexico's World Cup team disappointed by loss to Brazil

Fans of Mexico’s national soccer team gathered in homes, sports bars and large public venues across Southern California Monday with dreams their team would beat the odds and make it the World Cup quarter finals.