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

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.

DWP $100 million energy savings plan focuses on low-income renters

The hardest population to reach with energy efficiency assistance are the city’s poorest residents, the low-income people living in apartments.

Voters to decide on gas tax repeal initiative in November

California voters will be asked this November if they want to reverse something the Legislature approved just a year ago: adding 12 cents per gallon of gasoline, 20 cents for diesel.

Torrance Refinery fined $150,000 for storing oily sludge

The owner of the Torrance Refinery was fined $150,000 this week for storing hazardous waste without permits.

Aliso Canyon may be allowed to store more gas soon

Southern California Gas Co. is facing some problems getting enough natural gas into our region. That increases the risk for power outages this summer.

Vote for $11 billion Twin Tunnel water project faces do over

In April, the Metropolitan Water District Board cast a historic vote to fund much of the Bay Delta Twin Tunnels project, an investment of about $11 billion dollars. But now, that vote will be repeated to resolve questions about whether the original vote was legal.

2018 primary election: Newsom, Cox secure spots in general election for governor

Follow the latest on all the news from Tuesday's California primary election here, including updated results.

Replacing dirty coal power plant with cleaner natural gas still controversial at LADWP

Los Angeles has been cutting back on burning fossil fuels for electricity.

What explains the drop in serious violations of L.A. rental codes?

A new audit says serious violations are down, while other violations of the city's safety and fire codes remain high.

Rose Parade hires former Macy's parade exec in bid for younger audience

Her challenge is to get the whole organization behind the mission to entice more exciting entries to the parade and win a younger audience.

Survey ranks LA's parks 66th out of the the 100 biggest cities. Irvine is No. 10

When it comes to the quality of its parks, only one Southern California town made the top 10 of America’s 100 largest cities. And it wasn’t Los Angeles. The annual ranking is from The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit group that advocates for more green spaces.