Sharon McNary

Politics Reporter

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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

2 years after blowout, Porter Ranch gas leak still upsets residents

Activity is limited at the massive gas storage field, and many regulatory and other challenges must be overcome for it to return to full service.

Refinery safety: New laws pass, deadly chemical ban stalls

Torrance Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi's bill to end the use of hydrofluoric acid at two local refineries awaits the outcome of a ban proposed by the AQMD

Big water tunnels project OK'd by SoCal water agency

Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica board members voted against it, but it passed with 69 percent of the board.

What’s the future of Gov. Jerry Brown’s delta tunnel project?

The fate of a project that could cost Southern California water consumers billions of dollars hangs on a vote Tuesday at the Metropolitan Water District.

Runway shortening plan is delayed at Santa Monica Airport

Two pilots who use the airport sued the city over plan to remove 1,500 feet from the municipal airport runway. They say the decision should have been made in public.

At stake in the upcoming vote on Delta water tunnels

Members of Southern California water agencies gather Tuesday for a vote that could ensure or kill the future of a $17 billion water tunnels project.

Cleaner locomotive rolls out at Union Station

The first in a fleet of new diesel locomotives will soon be moving passenger trains on Metrolink's 500 miles of track. The trains put out less noise and pollution.

Southern California victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The local victims include a Simi Valley school office manager, a Manhattan Beach special education teacher and a Manhattan Beach civilian police employee.

LA River plan would leverage public land to increase housing, green space

Construction giant AECOM unveiled plan to marry myriad development plans and local master plans into a cohesive vision for the Los Angeles River in downtown LA.

Energy savings funds used against conservation, agency says

The state's ratepayer advocates office accuses SoCal Gas of using funds meant to promote energy savings to instead push anti-conservation policies. The company denies this.

Pollution from Torrance Refinery could cost owner millions

In just six months of this year, Torrance Refinery has put six times as much harmful pollution into the air as it is permitted in a full year.

MWD to debate its stake in Delta water tunnels project

The Metropolitan Water District's board must decide whether to invest billions in a massive water project that another water agency has rejected.

Old LADWP water tunnel to help with Sierra water glut

The Maclay Highline had been abandoned and broken by earthquakes, but DWP wants to repair it in time to help deal with excess water from L.A. Aqueduct.

Whittier Narrows Dam risk spurs flood planning downstream

A year ago, the Army Corps of Engineers said cities downstream from "unsafe" Whittier Narrows Dam lacked planning to evacuate in a flood.

Dirty restrooms taint LA city park grades

Nearly half those surveyed said gang activity kept them from going to city parks. Play equipment and indoor gyms scored high, but messy restrooms hurt the overall grade.